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Caregiver Salary

Women comprise the majority of Caregivers in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $10.00 per hour on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $8.11 per hour and $14.81. While geography and experience level impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Most Caregivers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to about a sixth, and one in ten earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$12,912 - $42,514
(Median)
$13K
$22K
$43K
MEDIAN: $22,186
10%
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90%

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$8.11 - $14.81
(Median)
$8
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$12,912 - $42,514  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $483.74  
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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$16,642 - $31,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 333
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.11 - $14.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $7.83  
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.59  
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 - $483.74  
   
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).
)
$16,642 - $31,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,559

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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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Caregivers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Registered Nurse. The latter position pays an average of $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


Home Instead Senior Home Care, Visiting Angels, Inc., Self-Employed, Senior Helpers, and Comfort Keepers are all popular places to work. Self-Employed pays the most with a median salary of $28K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $15K to a high of $32K. Home Helpers, Right at Home, and Senior Helpers are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Caregivers earning around $24K, $21K, or $21K at each firm, respectively.

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

Popular Skills for Caregiver


Survey results suggest that Caregivers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Bilingual, Long Term Care, and Disability Support are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 24 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Cleaning and Assisted Living. Most people experienced in 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.


Caregivers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Caregivers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $21K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $21K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $23K in this role. 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 is home to an above-average pay rate for Caregivers, 33 percent higher than the national average. Caregivers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+22 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), Pittsburgh (+7 percent), and San Jose (+7 percent). With compensation 8 percent below the national average, San Antonio is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Houston and Albuquerque are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 4 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively.

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

Bilingual
up arrow 26%

Long Term Care
up arrow 24%

Disability Support
up arrow 5%

Elder Care
up arrow 1%

Dementia
up arrow 1%

Home Health/Home Care
0%

National Average
$21,000

Home Care
up arrow 1%

Assisted Living
up arrow 3%

Cleaning
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 391 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
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: 8% employee benefits None: 82%
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