Caregiver Salary

Most Caregivers in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $10.03 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $8.15 per hour and $14.83. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but geography and tenure are influential factors as well. Most Caregivers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly one in six, and one in ten earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$12,973 - $42,611
(Median)
$13K
$23K
$43K
MEDIAN: $22,534
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$8.15 - $14.83
(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
$12,973 - $42,611  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $489.16  
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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$16,720 - $31,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 374
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.15 - $14.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.52  
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $489.16  
   
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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$16,720 - $31,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,931
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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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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 $55K per year. Becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Home Care Aide is often the next step for a Caregiver.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Caregiver


Home Instead Senior Home Care, Visiting Angels, Inc., Self-Employed, Senior Helpers, and Comfort Keepers are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Caregivers. 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 $13K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $32K. Other big spenders include Home Helpers, Right at Home, and Comfort Keepers, top-paying firms where Caregivers see paychecks nearing $24K, $22K, or $21K.

Employees at Homewatch Caregivers, Comforcare Senior Services, and Home Instead Senior Home Care can also expect below-average earnings of $19K.

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 Long Term Care are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent, 26 percent, and 24 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Caregiver. Most people skilled in Elder Care are similarly competent in Home Health/Home Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Caregiver

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


Caregivers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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. Caregivers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $23K. 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


Caregivers will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 38 percent. Caregivers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+35 percent), San Jose (+15 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), and Pittsburgh (+7 percent). In San Antonio, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Houston (5 percent lower) and Albuquerque (2 percent lower).

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 39%

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 399 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

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: 16% dental benefits Dental: 11%
vision benefits Vision: 9% employee benefits None: 82%
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