Medication Aide Salary

An average Medication Aide in the United States can expect to take home roughly $11.16 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.05 per hour on the low end to $13.97 on the high end. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women make up the vast majority of Medication Aides (89 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Most Medication Aides report high levels of job satisfaction. Although two in five have medical coverage and nearly one in four have dental coverage, the larger part claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$17,311 - $39,149
(Median)
$17K
$25K
$39K
MEDIAN: $25,014
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$9.05 - $13.97
(Median)
$9
$11
$14
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,311 - $39,149  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $241.44  
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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$18,897 - $30,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$9.05 - $13.97  
   
Overtime
$10.95 - $20.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $241.44  
   
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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$18,897 - $30,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 498
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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 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 $37K per year.

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Professional skills reported by Medication Aides are few in number. Those who have experience with CNA, Medical Records, and Elder Care can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Elder Care and Medical Records.

Pay by Experience Level for Medication Aide

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


The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $23K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $25K. On average, Medication Aides make $25K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $29K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Medication Aide Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$24,000


Skills That Affect Medication Aide Salaries

CNA
up arrow 14%

National Average
$24,000

Medical Records
up arrow 4%

Elder Care
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 41% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 57%
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