Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salary

Patient Care Assistants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $11.84 per hour. Pay generally varies between $9.02 per hour and $15.45. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by the company and experience level. Work is enjoyable for Patient Care Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. Women make up the vast majority of Patient Care Assistants (87 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,960 - $40,837
(Median)
$18K
$29K
$41K
MEDIAN: $28,749
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$9.02 - $15.45
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,960 - $40,837  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $488.53  
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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$18,831 - $33,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.02 - $15.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.05  
Overtime
$1.85 - $21.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $488.53  
   
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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$18,831 - $33,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,192
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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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While Patient Care Assistants do not often become Emergency Room Registered Nurses, the job pays $60K per year on average. Registered Nurses or Medical Assistants are common next-step roles for Patient Care Assistants moving up in their careers; annual pay for Registered Nurses is $30K higher on average, and it's $3K higher for Medical Assistants.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)


Mercy Hospital, Methodist, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and Texas Children's Hospital are top-notch employers for Patient Care Assistants in this area. For Patient Care Assistants, comfortable salaries can be found at St. Luke's Health System; in fact, median earnings sit around $31K, the highest in the area. 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.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include St. Luke's Hospital at $23K, Baptist Hospital at $25K, and Nationwide Children's Hospital, where $26K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)


Patient Care Assistants seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Intensive Care Unit, Phlebotomy, Ekg, and Long Term Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include CNA. Those proficient in Acute Care are, more often than not, also skilled in Ekg.

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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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 $27K. For Patient Care Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $28K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $30K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $24,954

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

Home to some of the best pay for Patient Care Assistants, New York offers exceptional salaries, 39 percent above the national average. Patient Care Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+11 percent), Phoenix (+9 percent), Atlanta (+6 percent), and Milwaukee (+5 percent). In Birmingham, salaries are 18 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Lancaster and Columbus (7 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 13%


National Average
$25,000


Skills That Affect Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salaries

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 12%


Ekg
up arrow 9%

Customer Service
up arrow 6%

Critical Care
up arrow 6%

Long Term Care
up arrow 6%

Elder Care
up arrow 5%

Acute Care
up arrow 4%

National Average
$25,000

Telemetry
up arrow 1%

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 1%

CNA
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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