Companion Salary

Women account for the majority of Companions in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $10.19 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.29 per hour and $15.41. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to about a sixth, and about one in ten earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$18,308 - $50,615
(Median)
$18K
$26K
$51K
MEDIAN: $26,400
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90%

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$8.29 - $15.41
(Median)
$8
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary 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$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$18,308 - $50,615  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $154.56  
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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$17,264 - $35,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.29 - $15.41  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.91  
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.29  
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
$0.00 - $154.56  
   
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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$17,264 - $35,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 348
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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

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

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Survey takers who work as Companions usually report a few specific skills. Elder Care and Home Health/Home Care are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Home Health/Home Care and Elder Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Companion

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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $21K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $23K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $25K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Companion generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $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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Experience Affects Companion Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Companion Salaries

National Average
$21,000

Elder Care
up arrow 3%

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 17%
dental benefits
Dental: 11%
medical benefits
Vision: 10%
dental benefits
None: 83%
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