Medication Aide Salary

Medication Aides in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $11.20 per hour for pay. Earnings sit near $9.10 per hour on the lower side but can approach $13.96 on the higher side. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Medication Aides claim high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by about two-fifths and dental insurance is reported by about one in four. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$17,311 - $39,149

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$9.10 - $13.96

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,311 - $39,149  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $243.98  
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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$19,002 - $30,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$9.10 - $13.96  
   
Overtime
$10.88 - $20.39  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $243.98  
   
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).
)
$19,002 - $30,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 500
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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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Medication Aides usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with CNA, Medical Records, and Elder Care can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.


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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $25K in this role. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $30K on average.

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Experience Affects Medication Aide Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$24,000


Skills That Affect Medication Aide Salaries

CNA
up arrow 13%

National Average
$24,000

Elder Care
up arrow 4%

Medical Records
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

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: 26%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 57%
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