Medication Aide Salary
Medication Aides in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $11.79 per hour for pay. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by geography and the particular employer. While a little less than half report receiving no health benefits, roughly one-half do receive medical coverage, and over a third have dental, as well. Work is enjoyable for Medication Aides, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
The patients will have different levels of physical and mental abilities, so it is important to be a caring and understanding person. The medication aide is important in helping clients to maintain a comfortable standard of living. When changes are noted in a patient’s status, the medication aide should report this to management or other medical personnel. The medication aide should perform all duties according to company policies, health codes, and applicable laws. Other duties that will commonly be assigned are helping with showering, grooming, and providing meals. The medication aide may have to stand and walk for long periods of time, and this person may sometimes have to assist patients in walking or getting out of a lying or seated position. Therefore, minimum physical requirements may be necessary. Some medication aide jobs will have administrative duties as assigned, such as orienting new clients, answering the phones, arranging transportation, and providing tours for potential resident.
Strong communication skills are needed in order to properly communicate with patients, other staff members, and families of patients. Current CPR certification is necessary. Generally, a minimum of a high school diploma is needed, in addition to a medication aide training certificate.
Medication Aide Tasks
- Maintain patient care records including reporting changes of individuals' conditions.
- Store, distribute, administer, and discontinue medication.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Medication Aide
The biggest paychecks can be found at Brookdale — the median salary there is $23K.
With a median salary of $22K, Brookdale Senior Living Inc. provides Medication Aides with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $26K, limiting employee salary growth.
Pay by Experience Level for Medication Aide
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average inexperienced worker earns $24K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $26K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $26K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $29K.