Medication Aide Salary

Medication Aides in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $11.75 per hour for pay. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Most Medication Aides like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than two-fifths lack any form of coverage — but roughly one-half have medical insurance, and more than a third have dental, too. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$19,062 - $34,147
$19K
$24K
$34K
MEDIAN: $24,490
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$9.58 - $14.63
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MEDIAN: $11.75
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$19,062 - $34,147  
   
Bonus
$355.50  
Total Pay (?
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$20,001 - $31,333  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$9.58 - $14.63  
   
Overtime
$5.64 - $19.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$355.50  
   
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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$20,001 - $31,333  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 541
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Licensed Practical Nurse, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $38K per year.

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Those at Brookdale can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $23K.

Pay for Medication Aides is the lowest at Brookdale Senior Living Inc., which has a median salary of $22K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $27K.

Pay by Experience Level for Medication Aide

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


Medication Aides do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $24K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $26K on average. 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
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Medication Aide Salaries

Late-Career
▲12%

▲4%

▲3%

National Average
$25,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Medication Aide Salaries

medication
▲12%


CNA
▲1%

Home Health/Home Care
▲1%

Medical Terminology
▲1%

Medication aide
▼0%

National Average
$25,000

Medication Administration
▼1%

▼2%

Medical Records
▼8%

Assisted Living
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 50%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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