Medication Aide Salary
Medication Aides in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $11.95 per hour for pay. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by career length and the individual firm. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, nearly one-half have medical insurance and more than a third receive dental plans. For the most part, Medication Aides enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$19,270 - $40,926|
|Total Pay (||$20,176 - $31,460|
|Hourly Rate||$9.66 - $14.76|
|Overtime||$6.05 - $20.69|
|Total Pay (||$20,176 - $31,460|
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.Read More...
The patients will have different levels of physical and mental abilities, so it is important to be a caring and understanding person. The medication aide is important in helping clients to maintain a comfortable standard of living. When changes are noted in a patient’s status, the medication aide should report this to management or other medical personnel. The medication aide should perform all duties according to company policies, health codes, and applicable laws. Other duties that will commonly be assigned are helping with showering, grooming, and providing meals. The medication aide may have to stand and walk for long periods of time, and this person may sometimes have to assist patients in walking or getting out of a lying or seated position. Therefore, minimum physical requirements may be necessary. Some medication aide jobs will have administrative duties as assigned, such as orienting new clients, answering the phones, arranging transportation, and providing tours for potential resident.
Strong communication skills are needed in order to properly communicate with patients, other staff members, and families of patients. Current CPR certification is necessary. Generally, a minimum of a high school diploma is needed, in addition to a medication aide training certificate. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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
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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Popular Employer Salaries for Medication Aide
Brookdale attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office 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 $27K, limiting employee salary growth.
Pay by Experience Level for Medication Aide
Pay by Experience for a Medication Aide has a positive trend. An entry-level Medication Aide with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 344 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Medication Aide with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 152 salaries. An experienced Medication Aide which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 115 salaries. A Medication Aide with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 34 salaries.
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