Medication Aides in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $11.79 per hour for pay. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by geography and the particular employer. While a little less than half report receiving no health benefits, roughly one-half do receive medical coverage, and over a third have dental, as well. Work is enjoyable for Medication Aides, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$18,791 - $34,461
(Median)
$19K
$25K
$34K
MEDIAN: $24,572
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$9.63 - $14.65
(Median)
$9
$12
$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$18,791 - $34,461  
   
Bonus
$300.00  
Total Pay (?
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$20,093 - $31,311  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$9.63 - $14.65  
   
Overtime
$5.86 - $20.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$300.00  
   
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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$20,093 - $31,311  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 536
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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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Many Medication Aides move into a Licensed Practical Nurse role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $38K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medication Aide


The biggest paychecks can be found at Brookdale — the median salary there is $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 $26K, limiting employee salary growth.

Pay by Experience Level for Medication Aide

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


The average inexperienced worker earns $24K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $26K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $26K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $29K.

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Experience Affects Medication Aide Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$25,000


Skills That Affect Medication Aide Salaries

Long Term Care
up arrow 11%

Medical Terminology
up arrow 4%

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 2%

CNA
0%

Medication aide
0%

National Average
$25,000

Elder Care
up arrow 2%

medication
up arrow 4%

Medical Records
up arrow 8%

Assisted Living
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 47%
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