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Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salary

Median pay for Patient Care Assistants in the United States is around $11.70 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.95 per hour and $15.19. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Patient Care Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. While nearly one-third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. Patient Care Assistants who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 89 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$18,548 - $31,272
(Median)
$19K
$24K
$31K
MEDIAN: $23,985
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$8.95 - $15.19
(Median)
$9
$12
$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$18,548 - $31,272  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $494.05  
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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$18,675 - $32,142  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.95 - $15.19  
   
Overtime
$1.29 - $21.28  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $494.05  
   
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).
)
$18,675 - $32,142  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 878

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Job Description for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)

Patient care assistants (PCA's) provide direct and indirect care, typically under the supervision of a qualified nurse. PCA's are responsible for assisting patients with their daily hygiene, medical dressings and dispensing medication as directed. They are required to monitor their patients' progress and to report changes promptly to their supervisor. PCA's also make sure that patients' living areas are clean and safe using good judgment and common sense.

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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 diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Intensive Care Unit, Ekg, Phlebotomy, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 17 percent. Acute Care and Phlebotomy are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)

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


For many Patient Care Assistants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $24K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $26K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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


For those looking to make money, Patient Care Assistants in Phoenix enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Patient Care Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+12 percent), Jacksonville (+8 percent), Mesa (+6 percent), and Houston (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Birmingham, which sits 17 percent below the national average. San Antonio and Lancaster are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$25,000


Skills That Affect Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salaries

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 17%

Ekg
up arrow 13%


Customer Service
up arrow 11%

Long Term Care
up arrow 8%

Elder Care
up arrow 7%

Acute Care
up arrow 4%

Home Health/Home Care
0%

National Average
$25,000

Telemetry
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 32%