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Caregiver Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Caregivers in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $10.01 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.13 per hour and $14.82. While the particular city and experience level impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Approximately one in six report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one-tenth collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$13,027 - $42,379
(Median)
$13K
$22K
$42K
MEDIAN: $22,094
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$8.13 - $14.82
(Median)
$8
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$13,027 - $42,379  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $483.17  
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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$16,674 - $31,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 345
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.13 - $14.82  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $7.76  
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $483.17  
   
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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$16,674 - $31,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,642
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Job Description for Caregiver

The exact nature of a caregiver's work and their daily schedule depends on the unique needs of each individual client. There is a physical aspect to the work, as a caregiver is expected to perform household tasks with which the client has difficulties. There also is an important mental and emotional element to a caregiver's position, as the caregiver must be empathetic and compassionate. Tools a caregiver may need to use include a stove, vacuum, or shower; the caregiver may also perform some light outdoor tasks such as sweeping and shoveling snow.

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Caregiver Tasks

  • Accompany clients to appointments.
  • Assist clients with mobility, transportation, meals, and medications.
  • Provide companionship and help around the home to clients.
  • Report on changes in condition or needs.

Common Career Paths for Caregiver


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At the upper end, Caregivers who move into a Registered Nurse role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Registered Nurses is a much higher $55K per year. It is not uncommon for a Caregiver to continue on to become a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Home Care Aide.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Caregiver


Known for taking on a considerable number of Caregivers, Home Instead Senior Home Care, Visiting Angels, Inc., Self-Employed, Senior Helpers, and Comfort Keepers are leading firms in the industry. Although Self-Employed heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $28K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $15K to $32K. Home Helpers, Right at Home, and Senior Helpers also offer top salaries for Caregivers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $24K, $21K, and $21K, respectively.

Comforcare Senior Services, Home Instead Senior Home Care, and All Valley Home Health Care also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $19K for all three.

Popular Skills for Caregiver


Caregivers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Bilingual, Long Term Care, and Disability Support are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 24 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Caregiver. Most people experienced in Elder Care also know Home Health/Home Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Caregiver

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Caregivers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $21K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $21K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Caregivers make a median salary of $23K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Caregiver with more than 20 years of experience can earn $25K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Caregivers, 33 percent higher than the national average. Caregivers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+10 percent), Pittsburgh (+7 percent), Scottsdale (+7 percent), and San Jose (+6 percent). San Antonio is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Houston (3 percent lower) and Albuquerque (2 percent lower).

Caregiver Reviews

What is it like working as a Caregiver?

Caregiver in Houston:
"Job!"
Pros: I love working with children and being the person they need to help teach them other than their parents.
Cons: The management isn't as good as is could be.

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Experience Affects Caregiver Salaries




National Average
$21,000


Skills That Affect Caregiver Salaries

Bilingual
up arrow 26%

Long Term Care
up arrow 24%

Disability Support
up arrow 5%

Elder Care
up arrow 1%

Dementia
up arrow 1%

Home Health/Home Care
0%

National Average
$21,000

Home Care
up arrow 1%

Assisted Living
up arrow 3%

Cleaning
up arrow 3%

Caregiver
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 393 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 16% dental benefits Dental: 11%
vision benefits Vision: 8% employee benefits None: 82%
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