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Certified Registered Medication Aide Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Certified Registered Medication Aides in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $10.75 per hour. Compensation ranges from $8.67 per hour on the lower end to $13.67 on the higher end. Job satisfaction for Certified Registered Medication Aides is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and over one-half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than two-fifths and dental coverage is claimed by more than a third. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$17,311 - $39,114
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MEDIAN: $30,000
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$8.67 - $13.67
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,311 - $39,114  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $414.59  
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$18,227 - $30,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.67 - $13.67  
   
Overtime
$6.32 - $20.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $414.59  
   
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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$18,227 - $30,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 432
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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 Licensed Vocational Nurses. Those roles pay an additional $14K and $18K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Certified Registered Medication Aide


Certified Registered Medication Aides generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Acute Care, Hospice, Geriatrics, and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with 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.


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 who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $26K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Certified Registered Medication Aides report making only $25K on average.

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Experience Affects Certified Registered Medication Aide Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%


Late-Career
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National Average
$23,000


Skills That Affect Certified Registered Medication Aide Salaries

Acute Care
up arrow 7%

Hospice
up arrow 4%

Geriatrics
up arrow 3%

Elder Care
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
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 44% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 52%