Caregiver Salary

Most Caregivers in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $10.07 per hour. Compensation ranges between $8.22 per hour and $14.88. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. The majority of Caregivers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to about one in six, and close to an eighth earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$12,938 - $42,324
(Median)
$13K
$23K
$42K
MEDIAN: $23,079
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$8.22 - $14.88
(Median)
$8
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$12,938 - $42,324  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $499.74  
Profit Sharing
$510  
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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$16,874 - $31,992  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 502
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.22 - $14.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.06  
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $499.74  
   
Profit Sharing
$510  
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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$16,874 - $31,992  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,181
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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. 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, Senior Helpers, and Comfort Keepers are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Caregivers. Self-Employed pays the most with a median salary of $28K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $14K to a high of $32K. Other big spenders include Home Helpers, Brookdale Senior Living Inc., and iHSS, top-paying firms where Caregivers see paychecks nearing $23K, $21K, or $21K.

With a median salary of $18K, Home Instead, Inc. provides Caregivers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $23K, limiting employee salary growth. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Home Instead Senior Care (AL) ($18K), Homewatch Caregivers ($19K), and Comforcare Senior Services ($19K).

Popular Skills for Caregiver


Caregivers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with cooking, Bilingual, and Hospice Care are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 52 percent, 22 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Childhood Education and Caregiver. It is often found that people who know Elder Care are also skilled in Home Health/Home Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Caregiver

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


For Caregivers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $22K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $21K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Caregivers make a median salary of $23K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Caregiver generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $25K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,161

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

For those looking to make money, Caregivers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Caregivers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+30 percent), San Jose (+14 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in San Antonio. Employers in Albuquerque and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Caregiver Reviews

What is it like working as a Caregiver?

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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Experience Affects Caregiver Salaries




National Average
$21,000


Skills That Affect Caregiver Salaries

cooking
up arrow 52%

Bilingual
up arrow 22%

Hospice Care
up arrow 18%

CNA
up arrow 16%

Long Term Care
up arrow 13%

Dementia
up arrow 4%

CPR
up arrow 3%

Food Preparation
up arrow 2%

Elder Care
up arrow 1%

Home Health/Home Care
0%

Home Care
0%

Assisted Living
0%

Cleaning
0%

National Average
$21,000

Caregiver
up arrow 3%

Childhood Education
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 480 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 17%
dental benefits
Dental: 12%
medical benefits
Vision: 9%
dental benefits
None: 81%
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