Patient Care Assistants in the United States take home an average $11.98 per hour. While the specific employer and years of experience impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. The vast majority of Patient Care Assistants (85 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, close to one-third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by more than half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,563 - $40,844
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MEDIAN: $29,785
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$9.08 - $16.03
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$18,563 - $40,844  
   
Bonus
$48.48 - $2,439  
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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$18,998 - $34,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 52
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.08 - $16.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.05  
Overtime
$4.22 - $21.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$48.48 - $2,439  
   
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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$18,998 - $34,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,199
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Job Description for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)

Patient care aides work with patients under the direct supervision of health care professionals, such as doctors or nurses. They help patients with tasks such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They also assist with taking patients' temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration. Additionally, they assist with preparing and administering medications, collecting specimens for lab tests, monitoring patients, and recording treatment.

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Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Tasks

  • Assist patients with daily activities including feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, mobility, changing linens, and taking medication.
  • Provide basic patient care under the direction of a nursing staff.

Common Career Paths for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)


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Patient Care Assistants who go on to become Emergency Room Registered Nurses may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Emergency Room Registered Nurses is $61K annually. Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses are common next-step roles for Patient Care Assistants moving up in their careers; annual pay for Registered Nurses is $31K higher on average, and it's $12K higher for Licensed Practical Nurses.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)


Methodist, Nationwide Children's Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital, and Baptist Hospital are all popular places to work. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, St. Luke's Health System offers the most; Patient Care Assistants earn $31K on average there. Soaring salaries can also be found at Virginia Hospital Center, Methodist, and Texas Children's Hospital, where earnings of $31K, $31K, or $29K are standard for Patient Care Assistants.

Also approaching the lower end are Baptist Hospital at $25K, St. Luke's Hospital at $25K, and Nationwide Children's Hospital at $26K.

Popular Skills for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Ekg, CNA, Long Term Care, and Phlebotomy are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 17 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Cleaning. Most people experienced in Acute Care also know Ekg.

Pay by Experience Level for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)

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 $24K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $27K. On average, Patient Care Assistants make $30K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $31K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $25,242

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Patient Care Assistants, New York provides a pay rate that is 43 percent greater than the national average. Patient Care Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New Haven (+32 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Phoenix (+15 percent), and Cincinnati (+6 percent). Patient Care Assistants in Tuscaloosa report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 26 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Augusta (18 percent lower) and Birmingham (15 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salaries




National Average
$25,000


Skills That Affect Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salaries

Ekg
up arrow 17%

CNA
up arrow 13%

Long Term Care
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Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 9%


Pediatrics
up arrow 6%

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 5%

Recovery / Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
up arrow 5%

Critical Care
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Cardiology
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Elder Care
0%

National Average
$25,000

Telemetry
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Cleaning
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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