Certified Registered Medication Aide Salary

The larger portion of Certified Registered Medication Aides in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $11.08 per hour. Pay ranges from $8.94 per hour on the low end to $14.23 on the high end. Although just over two-fifths have medical coverage and over a third have dental coverage, more than half claim no health benefits at all. Most Certified Registered Medication Aides report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$15,603 - $37,098
(Median)
$16K
$26K
$37K
MEDIAN: $26,400
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$8.94 - $14.23
(Median)
$8
$11
$14
MEDIAN: $11.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$15,603 - $37,098  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $195.74  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,733 - $31,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 18
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.94 - $14.23  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $20.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $195.74  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,733 - $31,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 309
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Job Description for Certified Registered Medication Aide

A certified medication aide is a certified nursing assistant (CNA) that has completed additional classroom training to be certified to dispense medications to patients while working under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. Training is usually 4 months, and includes 140 hours of supervised clinical practice. A certified medication aide must hold a high school diploma or GED, in addition to state CNA certification. The ideal certified medication aide is very detail-oriented, organized, and self-motivated. Certified medication aides must be people-oriented, as they generally work with the geriatric population, in nursing homes, retirement communities, assisted-living facilities, and home health settings. The hours can vary, and include nights, weekends, and holidays. Generally work schedules are flexible, and can range from 4 to 12 hour days. Opportunities for overtime are plentiful. Working conditions are generally favorable. Work is indoors, but may require frequent standing and heavy lifting. Certified medication aides, as members of the healthcare field, are frequently in demand and are afforded an above-average salary based on experience.


Certified Registered Medication Aide Tasks

  • Monitor patients and report changes in condition or vital signs.
  • Follow written and/or oral instructions to administer medications and document dosages and times.
  • Assist nurses in providing care and medications.

Common Career Paths for Certified Registered Medication Aide


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As Certified Registered Medication Aides transition into upper-level roles such as Registered Nurse, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Registered Nurses earn $55K on average per year. The most common next step for a Certified Registered Medication Aide is to become a Licensed Practical Nurse or a Medical Assistant. The former position pays an additional $13K per year on average, and the latter position pays $4K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Certified Registered Medication Aide


Certified Registered Medication Aides report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Hospice, Geriatrics, Acute Care, and Elder Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know Elder Care also know Hospice and Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Registered Medication Aide

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $23K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $26K. For Certified Registered Medication Aides, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $27K. Certified Registered Medication Aides who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $29K.

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Experience Affects Certified Registered Medication Aide Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 13%


National Average
$24,000


Skills That Affect Certified Registered Medication Aide Salaries

Hospice
up arrow 6%

Geriatrics
up arrow 4%

Acute Care
up arrow 3%

Elder Care
0%

National Average
$24,000

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
medical benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 53%
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