Caregiver Salary

Women comprise the majority of Caregivers in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $10.02 per hour on average. Earnings generally vary between $8.14 per hour and $14.81. While geography and experience level impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to about a sixth, and about one in ten earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$13,007 - $42,243
(Median)
$13K
$22K
$42K
MEDIAN: $22,421
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$8.14 - $14.81
(Median)
$8
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$13,007 - $42,243  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $488.77  
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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$16,713 - $31,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 368
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.14 - $14.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.52  
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.69  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $488.77  
   
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).
)
$16,713 - $31,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,893
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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. A Certified Nurse Assistant or a Home Care Aide is a typical transition from a Caregiver role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Caregiver


Caregivers fill the offices of leading firms Home Instead Senior Home Care, Visiting Angels, Inc., Self-Employed, Senior Helpers, and Comfort Keepers. For Caregivers, comfortable salaries can be found at Self-Employed; in fact, average earnings are around $28K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($15K versus $32K) is great. Caregivers can also look forward to large paychecks at Home Helpers ($24K), Right at Home ($22K), and Comfort Keepers ($21K).

Also approaching the lower end are Comforcare Senior Services, Home Instead Senior Home Care, and All Valley Home Health Care, each paying $19K.

Popular Skills for Caregiver


Caregivers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with cooking, Bilingual, and Long Term Care are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 43 percent, 26 percent, and 24 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $23K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $25K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Caregivers, 33 percent above the national average. Caregivers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+14 percent), Dallas (+11 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), and San Diego (+6 percent). In Houston, salaries are 4 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

Caregiver Reviews

What is it like working as a Caregiver?

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 43%

Bilingual
up arrow 26%

Long Term Care
up arrow 24%

CNA
up arrow 19%

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 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 398 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 17% dental benefits Dental: 11%
vision benefits Vision: 9% employee benefits None: 82%
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