Certified Registered Medication Aide Salary

Women comprise the majority of Certified Registered Medication Aides in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $10.76 per hour on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $8.83 per hour, and the top verges on $13.68. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than half lack any form of coverage — but just over two-fifths have medical insurance, and close to two-fifths have dental, too. 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.

$18,121 - $36,809
(Median)
$18K
$29K
$37K
MEDIAN: $29,479
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$8.83 - $13.68
(Median)
$8
$11
$14
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$18,121 - $36,809  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $295.90  
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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$18,544 - $30,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.83 - $13.68  
   
Overtime
$4.12 - $20.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $295.90  
   
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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$18,544 - $30,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 325
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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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Certified Registered Medication Aides who advance into the role of a Registered Nurse are fairly uncommon. Registered Nurses on average earn $55K per year. Typical career progression for a Certified Registered Medication Aide involves becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse or a Medical Assistant, roles that pay $14K more and $4K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Certified Registered Medication Aide


Survey results show that Certified Registered Medication Aides typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Acute Care, Hospice, Geriatrics, and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $22K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $25K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Certified Registered Medication Aides with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $25K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Certified Registered Medication Aide generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $28K.

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Experience Affects Certified Registered Medication Aide Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 11%


National Average
$23,000


Skills That Affect Certified Registered Medication Aide Salaries

Acute Care
up arrow 7%

Hospice
up arrow 6%

Elder Care
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Geriatrics
up arrow 2%

Medicine / Surgery
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National Average
$23,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 53%
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