A Health Care Assistant earns an average wage of $13.97 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.

$19,487 - $56,500
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$19K
$33K
$56K
MEDIAN: $33,414
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$9.84 - $20.35
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$19,487 - $56,500  
   
Bonus
$850  
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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$20,385 - $44,706  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $20.35  
   
Overtime
$24.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$850  
   
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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$20,385 - $44,706  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 92
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Job Description for Health Care Assistant

Health care assistants are responsible for many tasks, including feeding, dressing, and washing patients, taking patients' vital signs, bed making, maintaining clinical stock items, and other methods of assisting patients. Health care assistants generally work in healthcare facilities such as hospitals and elder care facilities; their environment can be fast-paced depending on the number of patients and available staff members. They generally work alongside nurses, doctors, therapists, and other health professionals, but their top responsibility is working with patients. Health care assistants may work under a practicing nurse in a training program that allows them to obtain various qualifications to become a nurse themselves.

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Health Care Assistant Tasks

  • Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician.
  • Interview and record patients' medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.
  • Collect, prepare and log blood, tissue or other laboratory specimens.
  • Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.
  • May assist with administrative duties including scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding for insurance purposes.

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Pay by Experience Level for Health Care Assistant

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

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Experience Affects Health Care Assistant Salaries

Mid-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
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Late-Career
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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