Caregiver Salary

Women account for the majority of Caregivers in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $10.29 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the company and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Caregivers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to slightly less than one-fifth, and one-tenth earn vision coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$12,124 - $41,804
$12K
$22K
$42K
MEDIAN: $22,444
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$8.58 - $14.93
$8
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10.29
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$12,124 - $41,804  
   
Bonus
$2.70 - $2,078  
Profit Sharing
$145.00  
Commission
$1,250  
Total Pay (?
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$17,426 - $32,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 551
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.58 - $14.93  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.05 - $3.83  
Overtime
$9.82 - $20.39  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$2.70 - $2,078  
   
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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$17,426 - $32,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 4,908

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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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Caregivers may progress into high-paying roles like Registered Nurse, where median compensation is $56K annually. When Caregivers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Certified Nurse Assistants or Medical Assistants. Those roles pay an additional $2K and $6K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Caregiver


Home Instead Senior Home Care, Visiting Angels, Inc., Comfort Keepers, Self-Employed, and Right at Home are all popular places to work. Employees at Sunrise Senior Living, Inc. enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $27K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $21K and higher ones not far away at only $31K. Other big spenders include Self-Employed, Home Helpers, and Brookdale Senior Living Inc., top-paying firms where Caregivers see paychecks nearing $26K, $22K, or $22K.

Employees at Home Instead Senior Care (AL) take home the smallest paychecks, and $18K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $12K and quickly nearing the top at only $21K. Home Instead Senior Home Care, Comforcare Senior Services and Right at Home are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $20K, $20K, and $21K.

Popular Skills for Caregiver


Caregivers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Dementia, CNA, CPR, and Elder Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Food Preparation and Bilingual. The majority of those who know Elder Care also know Home Health/Home Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Caregiver

Pay by Experience for a Caregiver has a positive trend. An entry-level Caregiver with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 3,252 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Caregiver with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 1,705 salaries. An experienced Caregiver which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 1,181 salaries. A Caregiver with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 414 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,791

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

Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Caregivers, 31 percent above the national average. Caregivers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+25 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), Los Angeles (+7 percent), and San Diego (+6 percent). San Antonio is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Albuquerque (10 percent lower) and Houston (6 percent lower).

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 566 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Caregiver Salaries

▲13%

▲11%

▲6%

National Average
$22,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Caregiver Salaries

Dementia
▲19%

CNA
▲3%

▲1%

CPR
▲1%

Assisted Living
▼0%

National Average
$22,000

▼1%


▼1%

▼2%

▼2%


▼2%

Kitchen/Bath
▼2%

Bilingual
▼6%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 566 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 18%
dental benefits
Dental: 14%
vision benefits
Vision: 11%
no benefits
None: 80%