Women account for the majority of Medication Aides in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $11.74 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and a little less than one-half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by roughly one-half and dental coverage is claimed by more than a third. Most Medication Aides report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$18,937 - $34,293
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MEDIAN: $24,655
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$9.64 - $14.62
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$18,937 - $34,293  
   
Bonus
$355.50  
Total Pay (?
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$20,109 - $31,234  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$9.64 - $14.62  
   
Overtime
$5.50 - $19.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$355.50  
   
Total Pay (?
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$20,109 - $31,234  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 559

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Job Description for Medication Aide

A medication aide usually works in an assisted living facility or for an agency that provides home care. The medication aid will keep rooms tidy and sterilize areas and equipment. Another duty is taking daily vital records, collecting samples for testing, and recording medical information and results. An important duty is administering the proper medication to patients.

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Medication Aide Tasks

  • Store, distribute, administer, and discontinue medication.
  • Maintain patient care records including reporting changes of individuals' conditions.

Common Career Paths for Medication Aide


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Medication Aides often transition into Licensed Practical Nurse positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Licensed Practical Nurses earn $38K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medication Aide


Brookdale leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $23K.

With a median salary of $22K, Brookdale Senior Living Inc. provides Medication Aides with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $27K, limiting employee salary growth.

Pay by Experience Level for 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. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $24K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $26K. Medication Aides who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $26K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $28K.

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Key Stats for Medication Aide

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.
046
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Medication Aide Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%


Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$25,000


Skills That Affect Medication Aide Salaries


Medical Terminology
up arrow 5%

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 5%

CNA
0%

Medication aide
0%

National Average
$25,000


medication
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Medical Records
up arrow 8%

Assisted Living
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
vision benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 46%
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