A Health Care Assistant earns an average wage of $12.87 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
Health Care Assistant Total Pay (?
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$13,277 - $41,341
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MEDIAN: $30,491
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Health Care Assistant Total Pay (?
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$9.56 - $17.78
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$13,277 - $41,341  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,003  
Total Pay (?
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$19,856 - $39,332  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 73
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.56 - $17.78  
   
Overtime
$8.14 - $27.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
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$0.00 - $1,003  
   
Total Pay (?
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$19,856 - $39,332  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 73
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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.
Pay by Experience Level for Health Care Assistant
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Experience Affects Health Care Assistant Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
up arrow 19%
Mid-Career
0%
National Average
$28,000
Entry-Level
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Gender
Female
87%
female alumni
 
Male
13%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
11%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 22%
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