Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salary (United States)

The average wage for a Patient Care Assistant (PCA) is $11.51 per hour. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Phlebotomy, Customer Service, Ekg, and Elder Care. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Total Pay (?
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$19,879 - $32,127
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MEDIAN: $24,445
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Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Total Pay (?
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$8.88 - $14.95
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$19,879 - $32,127  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $495.28  
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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$18,524 - $31,703  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 681
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.88 - $14.95  
   
Overtime
$1.26 - $21.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $495.28  
   
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).
)
$18,524 - $31,703  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 681
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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)

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

Pay Difference By Location

Phoenix
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Cincinnati
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Indianapolis
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Milwaukee
0%
National Average
$24,000
Cleveland
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Atlanta
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Columbus
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San Antonio
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Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%
Experienced
up arrow 14%
Mid-Career
up arrow 4%
National Average
$24,000

Skills That Affect Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salaries

Customer Service
up arrow 17%
Ekg
up arrow 16%
Elder Care
up arrow 15%
Long Term Care
up arrow 9%
Acute Care
up arrow 7%
Telemetry
up arrow 3%
Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 1%
National Average
$24,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
88%
female alumni
 
Male
12%
male alumni

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 33%
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