Medication Aide Salary

Medication Aides in the United States take home approximately $11.18 per hour on average. Lower pay rates hover around $9.06 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $13.93. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although a majority lack health benefits of any kind, about two in five do enjoy medical insurance, and roughly one in four get dental coverage, too. Female Medication Aides far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Most Medication Aides like their work and job satisfaction is high. 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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$9.06 - $13.93
(Median)
$9
$11
$14
MEDIAN: $11.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,311 - $39,149  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $243.23  
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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$18,915 - $30,219  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$9.06 - $13.93  
   
Overtime
$10.90 - $20.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $243.23  
   
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).
)
$18,915 - $30,219  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 497
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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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Advancing into a Licensed Practical Nurse role seems to be a popular career move for Medication Aides, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $37K per year.

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Medication Aides typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Those who have experience with CNA, Medical Records, and Elder Care can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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 average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $23K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $25K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Medication Aides make a median salary of $25K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $29K.

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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
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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