Women account for the majority of Caregivers in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $10.29 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the company and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Caregivers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to slightly less than one-fifth, and one-tenth earn vision coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$12,124 - $41,804|
|Bonus||$2.70 - $2,078|
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|$17,426 - $32,380|
|Hourly Rate||$8.58 - $14.93|
|Hourly Tips||$0.05 - $3.83|
|Overtime||$9.82 - $20.39|
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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.Read More...
A career as a caregiver typically involves a different type of hierarchy than one might find in a traditional business. Some caregivers might not be part of an organization and might have a direct business relationship with their client or clients. Other caregivers work for an organization instead of directly having a contract with a client.
Typically, there are no formal educational requirements for a caregiver. However, there are several certifications that increase the credentials of a caregiver, such as the CNA, or certified nurse's aid, and the HHA, or home health aid.
- Provide companionship and help around the home to clients.
- Report on changes in condition or needs.
- Accompany clients to appointments.
- Assist clients with mobility, transportation, meals, and medications.
Common Career Paths for Caregiver
Caregivers may progress into high-paying roles like Registered Nurse, where median compensation is $56K annually. When Caregivers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Certified Nurse Assistants or Medical Assistants. Those roles pay an additional $2K and $6K, respectively.
Popular Employer Salaries for Caregiver
Home Instead Senior Home Care, Visiting Angels, Inc., Comfort Keepers, Self-Employed, and Right at Home are all popular places to work. Employees at Sunrise Senior Living, Inc. enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $27K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $21K and higher ones not far away at only $31K. Other big spenders include Self-Employed, Home Helpers, and Brookdale Senior Living Inc., top-paying firms where Caregivers see paychecks nearing $26K, $22K, or $22K.
Employees at Home Instead Senior Care (AL) take home the smallest paychecks, and $18K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $12K and quickly nearing the top at only $21K. Home Instead Senior Home Care, Comforcare Senior Services and Right at Home are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $20K, $20K, and $21K.
Popular Skills for Caregiver
Caregivers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Dementia, CNA, CPR, and Elder Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Food Preparation and Bilingual. The majority of those who know Elder Care also know Home Health/Home Care.
Pay by Experience Level for Caregiver
Pay by Experience for a Caregiver has a positive trend. An entry-level Caregiver with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 3,252 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Caregiver with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 1,705 salaries. An experienced Caregiver which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 1,181 salaries. A Caregiver with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 414 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Caregivers, 31 percent above the national average. Caregivers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+25 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), Los Angeles (+7 percent), and San Diego (+6 percent). San Antonio is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Albuquerque (10 percent lower) and Houston (6 percent lower).
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