Caregiver Salary

Most Caregivers in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $10.07 per hour. Earnings sit near $8.22 per hour on the lower side but can approach $14.88 on the higher side. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and tenure are driving factors as well. Roughly a sixth enjoy medical while about one in eight get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than one in ten. Work is enjoyable for Caregivers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$12,938 - $42,324
(Median)
$13K
$23K
$42K
MEDIAN: $23,079
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$8.22 - $14.88
(Median)
$8
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$12,938 - $42,324  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $499.74  
Profit Sharing
$510  
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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$16,874 - $31,992  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 502
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.22 - $14.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.06  
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.90  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $499.74  
   
Profit Sharing
$510  
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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$16,874 - $31,992  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,181
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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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As Caregivers transition into upper-level roles such as Registered Nurse, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Registered Nurses earn $55K on average per year. A Caregiver may also move into a role as a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Home Care Aide.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Caregiver


Known for taking on a considerable number of Caregivers, Home Instead Senior Home Care, Visiting Angels, Inc., Self-Employed, Senior Helpers, and Comfort Keepers are leading firms in the industry. The biggest paychecks can be found at Self-Employed — the median salary there is $28K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $14K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $32K. Home Helpers, Brookdale Senior Living Inc., and iHSS also offer top salaries for Caregivers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $23K, $21K, and $21K, respectively.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $15K to just $23K — but Home Instead, Inc. offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $18K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Home Instead Senior Care (AL) at $18K, Homewatch Caregivers at $19K, and Comforcare Senior Services, where $19K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Caregiver


Survey results imply that Caregivers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with cooking, Bilingual, and Hospice Care are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 52 percent, 22 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Childhood Education and Caregiver. For most people, competency in Elder Care indicates knowledge of 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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $21K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $22K on average. Caregivers see a median salary of $23K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Caregiver with more than 20 years of experience can earn $25K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,161

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

With a pay rate for Caregivers that is 39 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Caregivers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+30 percent), San Jose (+14 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 9 percent, San Antonio is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Albuquerque and Houston (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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 52%

Bilingual
up arrow 22%

Hospice Care
up arrow 18%

CNA
up arrow 16%

Long Term Care
up arrow 13%

Dementia
up arrow 4%

CPR
up arrow 3%

Food Preparation
up arrow 2%

Elder Care
up arrow 1%

Home Health/Home Care
0%

Home Care
0%

Assisted Living
0%

Cleaning
0%

National Average
$21,000

Caregiver
up arrow 3%

Childhood Education
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 480 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 17%
dental benefits
Dental: 12%
medical benefits
Vision: 9%
dental benefits
None: 81%
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