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Medication Aide Salary

Median pay for Medication Aides in the United States is around $11.13 per hour. Compensation ranges between $8.99 per hour and $13.92. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Medication Aides like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority (89 percent) of Medication Aides who took the survey are female. Although just over two-fifths have medical coverage and roughly one in four have dental coverage, the greater part claim no health benefits at all. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$17,114 - $39,732
(Median)
$17K
$25K
$40K
MEDIAN: $25,014
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90%

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$8.99 - $13.92
(Median)
$9
$11
$14
MEDIAN: $11.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,114 - $39,732  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $240.24  
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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$18,769 - $30,216  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.99 - $13.92  
   
Overtime
$10.95 - $20.41  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $240.24  
   
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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$18,769 - $30,216  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 473

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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 who move on to become Licensed Practical Nurses may enjoy significant pay raises, as Licensed Practical Nurses get paid an average of $37K per year.

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Survey takers who work as Medication Aides report a focused set of job skills. CNA and Elder Care are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Elder Care.

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 less than five years' experience have a median salary of $23K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $25K on average. On average, Medication Aides make $25K following one to two decades on the job. Medication Aides who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $28K.

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Experience Affects Medication Aide Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$24,000


Skills That Affect Medication Aide Salaries

CNA
up arrow 14%

National Average
$24,000

Elder Care
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 56%
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