Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salary

Patient Care Assistants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $11.73 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $8.94 per hour, and the top verges on $15.20. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and experience level are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction for Patient Care Assistants is high. Women make up the vast majority of Patient Care Assistants (88 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by a little more than half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,618 - $39,588

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$8.94 - $15.20

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,618 - $39,588  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $493.16  
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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$18,628 - $32,316  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.94 - $15.20  
   
Overtime
$1.53 - $21.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $493.16  
   
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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$18,628 - $32,316  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 991
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Patient Care Assistants move into roles as Emergency Room Registered Nurses, where pay is an average $60K per year. Patient Care Assistants typically move into roles as Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses, and those positions pay $30K more and $12K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)


Patient Care Assistants report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Intensive Care Unit, Ekg, Phlebotomy, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 17 percent. Competency in Acute Care frequently indicates knowledge of Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)

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


Patient Care Assistants with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $24K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $26K. Patient Care Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $28K. As Patient Care Assistants reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $30K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, Patient Care Assistants in New Haven receive some of the highest pay in the country. Patient Care Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+22 percent), Houston (+10 percent), Milwaukee (+6 percent), and Cincinnati (+4 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Patient Care Assistants is geography, with workers in Springfield earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Birmingham and San Antonio (18 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$25,000


Skills That Affect Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salaries

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 17%

Ekg
up arrow 12%


Customer Service
up arrow 9%

Long Term Care
up arrow 7%

Elder Care
up arrow 5%

Acute Care
up arrow 4%

Home Health/Home Care
0%

National Average
$25,000

Telemetry
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 33%
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