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.

$12,228 - $42,625
(Median)
$12K
$23K
$43K
MEDIAN: $22,619
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$8.51 - $14.86
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$8
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$12,228 - $42,625  
   
Bonus
$0.65 - $2,600  
Profit Sharing
$145.00  
Commission
$1,250  
Total Pay (?
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$17,299 - $32,185  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 528
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.51 - $14.86  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.05 - $3.85  
Overtime
$9.66 - $20.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.65 - $2,600  
   
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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$17,299 - $32,185  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,711
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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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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

National Average: $21,569

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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).

Caregiver Reviews

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.

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Experience Affects Caregiver Salaries




National Average
$22,000


Skills That Affect Caregiver Salaries

Dementia
up arrow 29%

CPR
up arrow 5%

CNA
up arrow 5%

Long Term Care
up arrow 4%

Hospice Care
up arrow 2%

Elder Care
0%

Assisted Living
0%

cooking
0%

National Average
$22,000

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 1%

Home Care
up arrow 1%

Cleaning
up arrow 1%

Caregiver
up arrow 1%

Kitchen/Bath
up arrow 1%

Food Preparation
up arrow 8%

Bilingual
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 514 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 19%
dental benefits
Dental: 14%
medical benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 79%
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