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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 $10.75 per hour on average. Earnings generally vary between $8.69 per hour and $13.68. Although just over two-fifths have medical coverage and about two in five have dental coverage, a little over a half claim no health benefits at all. Most Certified Registered Medication Aides report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$18,246 - $36,677
(Median)
$18K
$30K
$37K
MEDIAN: $30,000
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$8.69 - $13.68
(Median)
$8
$11
$14
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$18,246 - $36,677  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $309.13  
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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$18,328 - $30,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.69 - $13.68  
   
Overtime
$4.32 - $20.27  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $309.13  
   
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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$18,328 - $30,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 345

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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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Though some Certified Registered Medication Aides move into positions like Registered Nurse (where the average salary is $55K), this progression is not the norm. Licensed Practical Nurses or Licensed Vocational Nurses are common next-step roles for Certified Registered Medication Aides moving up in their careers; annual pay for Licensed Practical Nurses is $14K higher on average, and it's $18K higher for Licensed Vocational Nurses.

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Popular Skills for Certified Registered Medication Aide


Survey results suggest that Certified Registered Medication Aides use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Acute Care, Hospice, Geriatrics, and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. For most people, competency in Elder Care indicates knowledge of 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.


For many Certified Registered Medication Aides, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $22K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $25K. Certified Registered Medication Aides bring in $26K after working for 10 to 20 years. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $28K.

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Experience Affects Certified Registered Medication Aide Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 12%


National Average
$23,000


Skills That Affect Certified Registered Medication Aide Salaries

Acute Care
up arrow 7%

Hospice
up arrow 6%

Geriatrics
up arrow 4%

Elder Care
up arrow 2%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%

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
54%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 52%
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