Medication Aide Salary

The average Medication Aide in the United States earns approximately $11.30 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $9.30 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $14.10. Career length is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and the individual firm are driving factors as well. The vast majority of Medication Aides (89 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Although the greater part lack health benefits of any kind, about two in five do enjoy medical insurance, and around one in four get dental coverage, too. Work is enjoyable for Medication Aides, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$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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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).
)
$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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Medication Aides often transition into Licensed Practical Nurse positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Licensed Practical Nurses earn $37K per year.

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Brookdale Living Communities, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $25K on average.

Pay by Experience Level for Medication Aide

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


Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $23K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $25K. Medication Aides claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $25K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $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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