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Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salary

A Patient Care Assistant (PCA) earns an average wage of $11.70 per hour. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Ekg, Phlebotomy, and Customer Service. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
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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
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National Salary Data (?
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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 (?
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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.

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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

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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%