Companion Salary

Most Companions in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $10.47 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of Companions claim high levels of job satisfaction. About a sixth receive medical and dental insurance and about an eighth get vision plans. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$18,665 - $59,235
$19K
$34K
$59K
MEDIAN: $34,000
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50%
90%

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$8.79 - $16.81
$8
$10
$17
MEDIAN: $10.47
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$18,665 - $59,235  
   
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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$18,341 - $37,710  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.79 - $16.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.43  
Overtime
$5.14 - $18.67  
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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$18,341 - $37,710  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 323

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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.

Common Career Paths for Companion


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Companions who transition into an upper level Certified Nurse Assistant position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Certified Nurse Assistant makes $23K a year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Companion

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


Companions with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $21K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $24K. Companions claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $25K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $29K.

Companion Reviews

Q: 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
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Companion Salaries

Late-Career
▲27%

Experienced
▲11%

Mid-Career
▲8%

National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
▼5%

Skills That Affect Companion Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
▲2%

Elder Care
▼0%

National Average
$23,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 16%
dental benefits
Dental: 13%
vision benefits
Vision: 12%
dental benefits
None: 83%
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