Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salary

Patient Care Assistants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $11.98 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Job satisfaction for Patient Care Assistants is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — over a third lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and slightly more than half have dental, too. Women make up the vast majority of Patient Care Assistants (85 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,813 - $41,210
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MEDIAN: $28,815
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$9.11 - $16.09
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MEDIAN: $11.98
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,813 - $41,210  
   
Bonus
$48.17 - $2,223  
Total Pay (?
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$18,999 - $35,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.11 - $16.09  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.53  
Overtime
$6.14 - $22.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$48.17 - $2,223  
   
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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$18,999 - $35,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,183
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)


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Patient Care Assistants who transition into an Emergency Room Registered Nurse role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $61K per year. Career advancement for the typical Patient Care Assistant often leads to becoming a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Practical Nurse; median salaries in these positions are $31K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)


Patient Care Assistants flock to Methodist, Nationwide Children's Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital, and Baptist Hospital, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Methodist attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $32K. Also paying near the top of the field are St. Luke's Health System at $31K, Virginia Hospital Center at $31K, and Texas Children's Hospital, where Patient Care Assistants annually earn $29K.

Mercy Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and St. Luke's Hospital are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($23K, $25K, and $25K respectively).

Popular Skills for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)


Survey takers working as Patient Care Assistants report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with CNA, Ekg, and Phlebotomy are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 16 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Cleaning. Those familiar with Acute Care also tend to know Ekg.

Pay by Experience Level for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)

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


For Patient Care Assistants, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $24K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $27K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Patient Care Assistants make a median salary of $30K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $32K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $25,210

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

For Patient Care Assistants, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. Patient Care Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New Haven (+32 percent), Phoenix (+17 percent), Houston (+17 percent), and Cincinnati (+5 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in St. Louis, 10 percent below the national average. Employers in Birmingham and Memphis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 106 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salaries

▲27%

▲18%

▲8%

National Average
$25,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salaries

CNA
▲28%

Ekg
▲16%

▲13%

Long Term Care
▲12%

▲7%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
▲7%

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

Pediatrics
▲4%

Critical Care
▲3%

Cardiology
▲1%

Elder Care
▼0%

National Average
$25,000

Customer Service
▼1%

Telemetry
▼2%

Home Health/Home Care
▼2%

Cleaning
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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