Hospice Registered Nurses are the best paid with the average salary hovering at approximately $29.80 per hour; Hospice Chaplains, Licensed Vocational Nurses, and Hospice Nurses also rank near the top of the list, pulling in around $25.00, $23.21, and $19.00, respectively. On the lower end are Hospice Aides at $12.61 on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $33.33 per hour) can be spotted in Philadelphia, Pa.; Walnut Creek, Calif. ($29.23), Jacksonville, Fla. (about $27.94), and Dallas, Texas ($26.48) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in San Diego, Calif.; in fact, at $20.00 it is one of the worst-paid cities. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of Connecticut; pay there average to around $34.00 per hour.
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach approximately $23.27 per hour. Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make about $24.28 per hour on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (30 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make $25.82 per hour on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Monetary compensation comes to around $32.00 per hour for Advanced Cardiac Life Support Specialists, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Employees who have an Associate's Degree make the most here, hauling in $23.57 per hour.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Hospice Care; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of approximately $29.17 per hour. Hospice is a popular skill in the VITAS Innovative Hospice Care workforce; close to two-fifths of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Home Health/Home Care, Case Management, and Bereavement Counseling are also desirable skills.
Benefits and Perks
A 401(k) program is available, and a majority of workers use it to save for retirement. A fair number of employees have health insurance, and benefits for the larger part of respondents also include dental insurance. Some other perks are a subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and flexible hours.