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Certified Registered Medication Aide Salary

Most Certified Registered Medication Aides in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $10.75 per hour. Compensation ranges from $8.71 per hour on the lower end to $13.66 on the higher end. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although just over two-fifths have medical coverage and nearly two in five have dental coverage, a little over a half claim no health benefits at all. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$18,121 - $36,809
(Median)
$18K
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$37K
MEDIAN: $30,000
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$8.71 - $13.66
(Median)
$8
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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 - $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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$18,351 - $30,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.71 - $13.66  
   
Overtime
$4.26 - $20.14  
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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$18,351 - $30,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 341
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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. When Certified Registered Medication Aides are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Licensed Practical Nurses or Medical Assistants. Those roles pay an additional $14K and $4K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Certified Registered Medication Aide


Survey results imply that Certified Registered Medication Aides put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Acute Care, Hospice, Geriatrics, and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Those educated in Elder Care tend to be well versed in 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 Certified Registered Medication Aides, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $22K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $25K. Certified Registered Medication Aides with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $26K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Certified Registered Medication Aide with more than 20 years of experience can earn $28K on average.

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Experience Affects Certified Registered Medication Aide Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

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%

Geriatrics
up arrow 3%

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
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 53%
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