Medication Aide Salary

Pay for Medication Aides in the United States sits in the ballpark of $11.30 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.30 per hour and $14.10. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but geography and the individual firm are influential factors as well. The vast majority of Medication Aides (89 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, the greater part are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by nearly two in five and dental insurance is reported by approximately one in four. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$17,134 - $40,223
(Median)
$17K
$25K
$40K
MEDIAN: $25,007
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$9.30 - $14.10
(Median)
$9
$11
$14
MEDIAN: $11.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,134 - $40,223  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $98.63  
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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$19,357 - $30,424  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 18
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$9.30 - $14.10  
   
Overtime
$11.02 - $19.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $98.63  
   
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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$19,357 - $30,424  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 610
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Medication Aide


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Advancing into a Licensed Practical Nurse role seems to be a popular career move for Medication Aides, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $37K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medication Aide


The biggest paychecks can be found at Brookdale Living Communities, Inc. — the median salary there is $25K.


Medication Aides who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in CNA, Long Term Care, medication, and Medical Records are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Elder Care, Medical Records, and medication.

Pay by Experience Level for Medication Aide

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $23K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $25K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $25K in this role. Medication Aides who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $29K.

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Experience Affects Medication Aide Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$24,000


Skills That Affect Medication Aide Salaries

CNA
up arrow 9%

Long Term Care
up arrow 8%

National Average
$24,000

Medical Records
up arrow 5%

medication
up arrow 5%

Elder Care
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 27%
medical benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 58%
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