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Caregiver Salary

Women comprise the majority of Caregivers in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $9.96 per hour on average. Pay ranges from $8.06 per hour on the low end to $14.80 on the high end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. About a seventh get medical and dental insurance, and less than 10 percent get vision plans, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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National Salary Data

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$13,179 - $42,004  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $487.96  
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$16,563 - $31,838  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 265
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.06 - $14.80  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $7.89  
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.08  
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $487.96  
   
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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$16,563 - $31,838  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,995
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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 may go on to top-notch roles like Registered Nurse, where median pay is $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


Home Instead Senior Home Care, Self-Employed, Visiting Angels, Inc., Senior Helpers, and Comfort Keepers are top-notch employers for Caregivers in this area. Self-Employed offers the largest salaries in town ($25K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $18K to $32K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Home Helpers, Right at Home, and Visiting Angels, Inc., where earnings of $25K, $22K, or $19K are standard for Caregivers.

Popular Skills for Caregiver


Survey results show that Caregivers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Long Term Care, Elder Care, Home Health/Home Care, and Home Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Dementia and Assisted Living. It is often found that people who know Elder Care are also skilled in Home Health/Home Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Caregiver

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Caregivers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $21K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $21K. Caregivers see a median salary of $23K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Caregivers, 28 percent above the national average. Caregivers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Pittsburgh (+19 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), and San Jose (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Houston, 7 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Los Angeles and Phoenix (1 percent less).

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Experience Affects Caregiver Salaries




National Average
$21,000


Skills That Affect Caregiver Salaries

Long Term Care
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Elder Care
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Home Health/Home Care
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National Average
$21,000

Home Care
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Cleaning
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Assisted Living
up arrow 5%

Dementia
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 338 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 15% dental benefits Dental: 11%
vision benefits Vision: 8% employee benefits None: 83%