Certified Registered Medication Aide Salary
Women account for the majority of Certified Registered Medication Aides in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $11.81 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Certified Registered Medication Aides, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just over a half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by slightly less than one-half and dental insurance is reported by roughly a third. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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
Certified Registered Medication Aides who transition into a Registered Nurse role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $56K per year. It is not uncommon for a Certified Registered Medication Aide to continue on to become a Licensed Practical Nurse or a Medication Aide.
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Popular Skills for Certified Registered Medication Aide
Certified Registered Medication Aides seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Geriatrics, Acute Care, Hospice, and Elder Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Medicine / Surgery. Most people skilled in Geriatrics are similarly competent in Hospice and Acute Care. Most people skilled in Elder Care are similarly competent in Acute Care and Hospice.
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 inexperienced worker earns $24K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $26K. On average, Certified Registered Medication Aides make $26K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Certified Registered Medication Aides with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $31K.