Women comprise the majority of Caregivers in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $10.23 per hour on average. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and years of experience are driving factors as well. Slightly less than one-fifth receive medical and dental insurance and one in ten get vision plans. Work is enjoyable for Caregivers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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.Read More...
A career as a caregiver typically involves a different type of hierarchy than one might find in a traditional business. Some caregivers might not be part of an organization and might have a direct business relationship with their client or clients. Other caregivers work for an organization instead of directly having a contract with a client.
Typically, there are no formal educational requirements for a caregiver. However, there are several certifications that increase the credentials of a caregiver, such as the CNA, or certified nurse's aid, and the HHA, or home health aid.
- 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
As Caregivers transition into upper-level roles such as Registered Nurse, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Registered Nurses earn $56K on average per year. It is not uncommon for a Caregiver to continue on to become a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Home Care Aide.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Caregiver
Home Instead Senior Home Care, Visiting Angels, Inc., Self-Employed, Comfort Keepers, and Senior Helpers are all popular places to work. Caregivers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Self-Employed, where the median salary comes to $28K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($13K) and those starting out ($33K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Soaring salaries can also be found at Sunrise Senior Living, Inc., Rescare Homecare, and Home Helpers, where earnings of $26K, $25K, or $22K are standard for Caregivers.
Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $12K to just $21K — but Home Instead Senior Care (AL) offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $18K. Home Instead, Inc., Home Instead Senior Home Care, and Comforcare Senior Services are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($19K, $20K, and $21K respectively).
Popular Skills for Caregiver
Caregivers seem to wield many skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Dementia can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 29 percent above average. CPR and CNA are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 5 percent and 29 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Bilingual and Food Preparation. Most people familiar with 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.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Caregivers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $21K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $23K. Caregivers bring in $24K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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
With a pay rate for Caregivers that is 34 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Caregivers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+23 percent), San Diego (+9 percent), Vancouver (+9 percent), and Chicago (+8 percent). In San Antonio, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Albuquerque and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).