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Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salary

Pay for Patient Care Assistants in the United States sits in the ballpark of $11.67 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.93 per hour and $15.19. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Around one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and slightly more than half claim dental coverage as well. Women account for the majority of Patient Care Assistants who took the survey — 88 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,879 - $33,283
(Median)
$18K
$24K
$33K
MEDIAN: $24,334
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$8.93 - $15.19
(Median)
$8
$12
$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
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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$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$17,879 - $33,283  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $492.71  
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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$18,612 - $32,149  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.93 - $15.19  
   
Overtime
$1.58 - $21.33  
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 - $492.71  
   
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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$18,612 - $32,149  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 925

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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

  • 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 some Patient Care Assistants move into positions like Emergency Room Registered Nurse (where the average salary is $60K), this progression is not the norm. Patient Care Assistants typically move into roles as Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses, and those positions pay $30K more and $13K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)


Patient Care Assistants report using a pretty varied skill set 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. It is not unusual for someone who knows Acute Care to be familiar with Phlebotomy as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $23K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $26K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Patient Care Assistants make a median salary of $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


With a pay rate for Patient Care Assistants that is 23 percent greater than the national average, Phoenix offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Patient Care Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+12 percent), Jacksonville (+9 percent), Houston (+8 percent), and Milwaukee (+6 percent). Birmingham ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 17 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are St. Louis (15 percent less) and San Antonio (7 percent less).

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Experience Affects Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$25,000


Skills That Affect Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salaries

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 17%


Ekg
up arrow 12%

Customer Service
up arrow 11%

Long Term Care
up arrow 8%

Elder Care
up arrow 5%

Acute Care
up arrow 4%

Home Health/Home Care
0%

National Average
$25,000

Telemetry
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 33%
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