The average pay for a Personal Support Worker (PSW) is C$16.13 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are personal Care and Disability Support.

C$20,970 - C$46,335
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C$21K
C$34K
C$46K
MEDIAN: C$34,016
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C$12.57 - C$20.33
(Median)
C$13
C$16
C$20
MEDIAN: C$16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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C$0C$16KC$32KC$48K
Salary
C$20,970 - C$46,335  
   
Bonus
C$15.98 - C$2,013  
Profit Sharing
C$500  
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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C$25,788 - C$42,891  
Country: Canada | Currency: CAD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 125
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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C$0C$11C$22C$33
Hourly Rate
C$12.57 - C$20.33  
   
Hourly Tips
C$0.82  
Overtime
C$1.49 - C$31.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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C$0C$22KC$44KC$66K
Bonus
C$15.98 - C$2,013  
   
Profit Sharing
C$500  
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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C$25,788 - C$42,891  
Country: United States | Currency: CAD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,135
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National Average: C$33,900

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Personal Support Worker (PSW) Reviews

What is it like working as a Personal Support Worker (PSW)?

Personal Support Worker (PSW) in Dryden:
"Making a difference."
Pros: I absolutely love spending time with seniors. They have so much to give and tell! I also like giving support to their caregivers both from the community and from the long term care home. If I can make things easier for them offer a hug or helping hand, I love to put a smile on their face. I feel that this is where I need to be, and loving every minute of it!
Cons: I struggle with not having enough time in a day to spend with each and everyone. It always seems to be rush rush rush because at times there's not enough staff and no funding for more.

Personal Support Worker (PSW) in Toronto:
"Are seniors' emotional and physical needs being met?"
Pros: People come in all shapes and sizes, but to be a whole person, the one thing we all have in common is the need for emotional and physical support.
Cons: We focus too much on the physical needs and forget that we cannot live a full life without physical AND emotional needs.

Personal Support Worker (PSW) in Kitchener:
"Being A PSW."
Pros: Knowing your making a change to make someone's life easier and better quality.
Cons: Becoming attached to clients after working with them for some time. You build a connection but have to stay professional and remember its a job.

Personal Support Worker (PSW) in Cornwall:
"Compassionate care"
Pros: Helping elders with additional daily living. Knowing that I go to work and make a difference. Every day is different and I cope very well with change. You never know what to expect and I love my job. Working with elders with dementia is challenging on a daily basis.
Cons: Working rotation of 3 different 8 hour shifts in one week. Don't mind the rotations of shifts but would prefer it to be weekly. It causes stress and fatigue amongst our co-workers. We are short staffed and are always working short. It makes everyone on edge and the residents can see it. Having employees who don't have the education who work with the elders also can be discouraging. Most employees use the wrongful approach with most of the elders and don't understand why some don't cooperate. Working in a long term care facility every employee should have additional training with dementia papers so they can understand the disease and work properly with these residents.

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Experience Affects Personal Support Worker (PSW) Salaries




National Average
C$34,000


Skills That Affect Personal Support Worker (PSW) Salaries

personal Care
up arrow 21%

Disability Support
up arrow 17%


psw
up arrow 9%

Palliative Care
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National Average
C$34,000

Elder Care
up arrow 2%

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 3%

Home Care
up arrow 4%

Assisted Living
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 178 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
medical benefits
Vision: 31%
dental benefits
None: 55%
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