Caregiver Salary

Women comprise the majority of Caregivers in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $10.27 per hour on average. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Just under a fifth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and roughly a seventh collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$12,138 - $41,798
$12K
$22K
$42K
MEDIAN: $22,223
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$8.55 - $14.91
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$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10.27
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$12,138 - $41,798  
   
Bonus
$1.45 - $2,521  
Profit Sharing
$145.00  
Commission
$1,250  
Total Pay (?
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$17,336 - $32,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 557
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.55 - $14.91  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.07 - $3.85  
Overtime
$9.82 - $20.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$1.45 - $2,521  
   
Commission
$1,250  
Profit Sharing
$145.00  
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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$17,336 - $32,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 4,985

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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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At the upper end, Caregivers who move into a Registered Nurse role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Registered Nurses is a much higher $56K per year. The most common next step for a Caregiver is to become a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Medical Assistant. The former position pays an additional $2K per year on average, and the latter position pays $6K more per year.

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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., Comfort Keepers, Self-Employed, and Senior Helpers are leading firms in the industry. Sunrise Senior Living, Inc. pays the most with a median salary of $27K, though there is little variation overall ($21K to $31K). Also paying near the top of the field are Self-Employed at $26K, Rescare Homecare at $25K, and Home Helpers, where Caregivers annually earn $22K.

Also approaching the lower end are Home Instead, Inc. at $20K, Home Instead Senior Home Care at $20K, and Comforcare Senior Services at $21K.

Popular Skills for Caregiver


Caregivers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Dementia, CNA, and CPR are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 6 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Food Preparation. Those familiar with Elder Care also tend to know 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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $21K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $23K. Caregivers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $24K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $25K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,683

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

Home to some of the best pay for Caregivers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 44 percent above the national average. Caregivers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+33 percent), San Jose (+23 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, San Antonio is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Albuquerque and Houston (10 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Caregiver Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Caregiver?

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 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.

Caregiver in Rochester:
"The work has been satisfying at times. At other times, it w."
Pros: I like being able to supply the meal and the conversations.
Cons: Knowing client is lonely at times.

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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Key Stats for Caregiver

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 567 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Caregiver Salaries

▲14%

▲11%

▲6%

National Average
$22,000

▼2%

Skills That Affect Caregiver Salaries

Dementia
▲24%

CNA
▲6%

CPR
▲5%

Elder Care
▼0%

Assisted Living
▼0%

National Average
$22,000


▼1%

▼1%

cooking
▼1%

Long Term Care
▼1%

▼1%

▼2%

Kitchen/Bath
▼2%

Bilingual
▼2%

Food Preparation
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 567 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 19%
dental benefits
Dental: 14%
vision benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 79%
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