Caregiver Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Caregivers in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $10.04 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.14 per hour and $14.85. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and tenure are driving factors as well. Nearly one-sixth enjoy medical while one in ten get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than one-tenth. Job satisfaction for Caregivers is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$12,947 - $42,424

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$8.14 - $14.85

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$12,947 - $42,424  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $493.01  
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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$16,717 - $31,955  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 381
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.14 - $14.85  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.52  
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $493.01  
   
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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$16,717 - $31,955  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,009
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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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For Caregivers, progressing to a Registered Nurse role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Registered Nurse can earn $55K annually. It is not unusual for a Caregiver to become a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Home Care Aide.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Caregiver


Dominating the field, Home Instead Senior Home Care, Visiting Angels, Inc., Self-Employed, Senior Helpers, and Comfort Keepers are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Caregivers. Caregivers flock to Self-Employed for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $28K lead the pack in compensation; however, Self-Employed also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $13K at one end to $32K at the other end. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Home Helpers, Right at Home, and Comfort Keepers, top-paying firms where Caregivers rake in a solid $24K, $22K, or $21K, respectively.

Home Instead Senior Care (AL), Homewatch Caregivers, and Comforcare Senior Services also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $18K, $19K, and $19K.

Popular Skills for Caregiver


Survey takers working as Caregivers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with cooking, Bilingual, and Long Term Care are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent, 26 percent, and 23 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Caregiver. The majority of those 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $21K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $22K. Caregivers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $23K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $25K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Caregivers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 35 percent above the national average. Caregivers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+15 percent), San Jose (+15 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), and San Diego (+7 percent). San Antonio ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Houston (5 percent lower) and Albuquerque (3 percent lower).

Caregiver Reviews

What is it like working as a Caregiver?

Caregiver in Glendale:
"Being a caregiver."
Pros: I love caring for both the elderly and disabled community . I love helping others and building a companionship .
Cons: I feel the pay rate isn't fair .

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

cooking
up arrow 36%

Bilingual
up arrow 26%

Long Term Care
up arrow 23%

CNA
up arrow 17%

Disability Support
up arrow 7%

Elder Care
up arrow 1%

Assisted Living
up arrow 1%

Home Health/Home Care
0%

Cleaning
0%

Dementia
0%

National Average
$21,000

Home Care
up arrow 1%

Caregiver
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 404 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

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: 9% employee benefits None: 82%
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