Caregiver Salary

Caregivers in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $10.38 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. The majority of Caregivers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to just under a fifth, and approximately one-eighth earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$12,111 - $42,243
$12K
$23K
$42K
MEDIAN: $22,822
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$8.64 - $14.95
$8
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10.38
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$0$42K
Salary $12,111 - $42,243
Bonus $19.87 - $1,932
Profit Sharing $200.00
Total Pay (?
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$17,608 - $32,604
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 579
Hourly Data $0$20
Hourly Rate $8.64 - $14.95
Hourly Tips $0.05 - $4.00
Overtime $10.01 - $20.41
Annual Data $0$32K
Bonus $19.87 - $1,932
Profit Sharing $200.00
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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$17,608 - $32,604
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 5,084

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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

  • 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


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Caregivers who transition into a Registered Nurse role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $56K per year. Typical career progression for a Caregiver involves becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Medical Assistant, roles that pay $1K more and $6K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Caregiver


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Caregivers include Home Instead Senior Home Care, Visiting Angels, Inc., Comfort Keepers, Self-Employed, and Right at Home. Although Sunrise Senior Living, Inc. offers the highest salaries (median pay is $27K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $21K to $31K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Self-Employed, Home Helpers, and Brookdale Senior Living Inc., top-paying firms where Caregivers rake in a solid $26K, $22K, or $22K, respectively.

Caregivers will find the worst pay at Home Instead Senior Care (AL), where the median salary crawls in at $18K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $21K, leaving little room for growth. Home Instead Senior Home Care, Comforcare Senior Services, and Right at Home are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($20K, $20K, and $21K respectively).

Popular Skills for Caregiver


Caregivers seem to exploit 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Food Preparation, Bilingual, and Kitchen/Bath. 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

National Average: $22,144

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Caregivers, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. Caregivers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+23 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+6 percent), and San Diego (+4 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, San Antonio is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Albuquerque and 7 percent less in Houston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Caregiver Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Caregiver?

Caregiver in Coeur d'Alene:
Pros: I like taking care of the patients.
Cons: I do not like the lack of team work among staff.

Caregiver in Clinton:
"Its amazing to know my assistance makes a life easier to liv."
Pros: Noticing the changes for the better or even knowing I'm making things easier for someone to still feel self worth.
Cons: Some days when dementia moments happen and there's no chance of redirection except to wait it out can be tough. When you can not help someone emotionally so you do what you can and hope for a quick turn around for them.

Caregiver in Huntsville:
Pros: My clients, they make the stress bearable knowing that they are always smiling when I arrive at work.
Cons: Having to deal with over baring co workers and unappreciative administration.

Caregiver in Colorado Springs:
"Wonderful."
Pros: Being able to take care of elderly people. They teach you a lot, and very good companion people.
Cons: Nothing really, except dome don't appreciate what You do.

Caregiver in Houston:
"A job that makes you feel good."
Pros: It is wonderful to know you are bringing happiness to others.
Cons: So many patients you can spend personal time with all of them.

Caregiver in Moline:
"Humbling."
Pros: Working as a caregiver is very humbling and rewarding. Helping those who need help with everyday living and medical care from the comfort of their home is great. Knowing I'm making a different in their life and making them as comfortable as possible is the best way I can give back to this I love.
Cons: The hours are very demanding and the district office doesn't help workers at all. They can be very rude to the customer and the caregiver.

Caregiver in Detroit:
"It's hard but I wouldn't change it. I love it."
Pros: Being with the boys. I am very close to them and love them and care for them. Their parents, the boys and I are like a family.
Cons: I feel underappreciated for all that I do.

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Key Stats for Caregiver

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 665 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Caregiver Salaries

▲12%

▲9%

▲4%

National Average
$22,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Caregiver Salaries

Dementia
▲17%

CNA
▲2%

National Average
$22,000

▼1%

CPR
▼1%

▼2%


Assisted Living
▼2%

▼3%

▼3%

▼3%


▼4%

Kitchen/Bath
▼4%


Bilingual
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 665 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 18%
dental benefits
Dental: 13%
vision benefits
Vision: 11%
no benefits
None: 80%
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