Companions in the United States can expect to earn an average of $10.48 per hour. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Companions is high. Female Companions far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Just under one-fifth enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and about one in eight get vision benefits. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$18,763 - $52,718
$19K
$32K
$53K
MEDIAN: $32,000
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$8.79 - $16.42
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$18,763 - $52,718  
   
Bonus
$100.00  
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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$18,354 - $36,924  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.79 - $16.42  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.43  
Overtime
$5.14 - $18.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$100.00  
   
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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$18,354 - $36,924  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 315

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Job Description for Companion

A companion is a person who provides companionship and/or assistance to clients in need. Companion responsibilities may include duties such as the preparation, assistance, and clean-up of meals, as well as general housekeeping and organization. These companions may assist the elderly, mentally disabled, or ill patients, observing changes in a client's condition. This includes changes to their their health, overall well-being, and general behavior.

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Companion Tasks

  • Assist client in performing day to day activities.
  • Coordinate with agency officials and family members to ensure the best care for the client.

Common Career Paths for Companion


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Companions who go on to become Certified Nurse Assistants may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Certified Nurse Assistant, an upper-level role, pays $23K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Companion

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


For many Companions, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $21K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $25K. Companions who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $25K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Companions with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $27K.

Companion Reviews

What is it like working as a Companion?

Companion in The Villages:
"Helper & Friend plus work flexibility."
Pros: --The people I met. --Opportunity to help someone that needs a helping hand. --Making a new friend and being able to assist as needed. --Learning about them, their lives & family.
Cons: --Leaving them when they don't want to be left alone. --Personally getting too attached to them. --Often want to do more for them than I'm able and/or permitted.

Companion in Norwalk:
"I work overnights and some days with clients."
Pros: I love the hours and the staff I work for. The staff works with my schedule and matches me with clients I can handle.
Cons: I wish the pay was a little more.

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Key Stats for Companion

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Companion Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Companion Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 1%

Elder Care
0%

National Average
$23,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 18%
dental benefits
Dental: 14%
vision benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 82%
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