Caregiver Salary

Most Caregivers in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $10.00 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.10 per hour and $14.84. While the particular city and experience level impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. One in six report receiving medical coverage from their employers and one-tenth collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Caregivers is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$13,164 - $42,678
(Median)
$13K
$22K
$43K
MEDIAN: $22,147
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50%
90%

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$8.10 - $14.84
(Median)
$8
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $9.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$13,164 - $42,678  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $481.77  
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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$16,622 - $31,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 308
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.10 - $14.84  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $7.83  
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.35  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $481.77  
   
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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$16,622 - $31,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,395

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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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Caregivers who go on to become Registered Nurses may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Registered Nurses is $55K annually. Becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Home Care Aide is often the next step for a Caregiver.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Caregiver


Caregivers flock to Home Instead Senior Home Care, Visiting Angels, Inc., Self-Employed, Senior Helpers, and Comfort Keepers, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Although Self-Employed offers the highest salaries (median pay is $28K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $20K to $32K. Also paying near the top of the field are Home Helpers at $24K, Right at Home at $22K, and Senior Helpers, where Caregivers annually earn $21K.

Home Instead Senior Home Care, All Valley Home Health Care, and Visiting Angels, Inc. also rank near the bottom for pay, each handing out $19K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Caregiver


Caregivers seem to require a number of specific skills. 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, 11 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Dementia. Most people who know 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.


For Caregivers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $21K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $21K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $23K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $25K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Caregivers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Caregivers will also find cushy salaries in Riverside (+23 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), Pittsburgh (+9 percent), and Scottsdale (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 3 percent, Houston is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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 11%

Disability Support
up arrow 5%

Elder Care
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%

Dementia
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 390 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 16% dental benefits Dental: 10%
vision benefits Vision: 8% employee benefits None: 83%