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Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salary (United States)

Earnings for Patient Care Assistants in the United States typically come in at around $11.51 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $8.88 per hour and $14.96. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — one-third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. The vast majority of Patient Care Assistants (88 percent) are women. Most Patient Care Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salary (?
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$20,468 - $32,373
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MEDIAN: $24,445
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Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salary (?
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$8.88 - $14.96
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National Salary Data

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$0$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$20,468 - $32,373  
   
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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$18,540 - $31,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.88 - $14.96  
   
Overtime
$1.28 - $21.47  
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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$18,540 - $31,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 673
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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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While not commonly seen, Patient Care Assistants who transition into a Emergency Room Registered Nurse position may see a rise in pay. The typical salary for Emergency Room Registered Nurses is $60K per year. As Patient Care Assistants progress in their field, many go on to become Registered Nurses. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $55K per year. Another common career choice for Patient Care Assistants is to move into a Certified Nurse Assistant role. Typically, Certified Nurse Assistants get paid $23K.

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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 Phlebotomy, Customer Service, Ekg, and Elder Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 18 percent, 17 percent, 16 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Telemetry. Many workers who know Ekg also know Phlebotomy.

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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $23K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $25K. Patient Care Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $28K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Patient Care Assistants with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median of $31K. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in seven of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise about one in eight, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty.

Pay Difference By Location

Phoenix
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Indianapolis
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Cincinnati
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Milwaukee
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National Average
$24,000
Cleveland
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Columbus
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Atlanta
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For Patient Care Assistants, busy Phoenix offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Patient Care Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+7 percent) and Indianapolis (+6 percent). In San Antonio, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Atlanta and Columbus also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%
Experienced
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Mid-Career
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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 10%
Long Term Care
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Acute Care
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Home Health/Home Care
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National Average
$24,000
Telemetry
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 85 votes.

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
5%

Common Health Benefits

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