Caretaker Salary

An average Caretaker in the United States can expect to take home roughly $11.26 per hour. Compensation ranges from $8.40 per hour on the lower end to $19.98 on the higher end. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Approximately one-fourth enjoy medical while close to a seventh get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-tenth. For the most part, Caretakers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. There are more female Caretakers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 65 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$11,810 - $59,699
(Median)
$12K
$29K
$60K
MEDIAN: $29,437
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$8.40 - $19.98
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$11,810 - $59,699  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
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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$16,318 - $48,269  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 107
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.40 - $19.98  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$0.27 - $29.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
   
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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$16,318 - $48,269  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 227
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Job Description for Caretaker

Caretakers help maintain a company's building and/or grounds, ensuring a safe, clean, and pleasing environment for workers and clients. They perform a variety of tasks, such as removing trash, performing seasonal maintenance, gardening, and handling "touch-ups" to property. The caretaker is often also responsible for maintaining proper inventory levels for needed supplies, ensuring they are replenished as needed. They typically operate a variety of tools, equipment, and vehicles to help maintain properties. In all tasks, caretakers must adhere to relevant company standards and procedures. The physical demands of this position vary, but lifting and moving objects of a variety of sizes may be required in the course of the day. Depending on the position, the caretaker may be exposed to different weather conditions, which may mean working in extreme heat, cold, and other inclement weather. Standing and moving for long periods of time are often needed.

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Caretaker Tasks

  • Clean individual units when vacated or requested.
  • Sweep, mop, wash, dust and vacuum designated areas.
  • Clean sidewalks, including sweeping, raking leaves and shoveling snow.
  • Seal, wax, and buff floors and hard surfaces.
  • Assist painters and security engineers when assigned.

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Pay by Experience Level for Caretaker

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $23K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $27K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Caretakers make a median salary of $31K. 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 $32K.

Caretaker Reviews

What is it like working as a Caretaker?

Caretaker in St. Louis:
"Excellent."
Pros: Helping people who are unable to do it their selves. Meeting new people and making people smile.
Cons: .......................nothing I like it all.

Caretaker in Florence:
"As A Caretaker I Have A Strong Aptitude And Cleaning Skills."
Pros: Being able to meet and communicate with different people.
Cons: I hate when people judged you and look at you in a different way like you're beneath them.

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Experience Affects Caretaker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 24%
dental benefits
Dental: 14%
medical benefits
Vision: 10%
dental benefits
None: 75%
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