Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salary

An average Patient Care Assistant in the United States can expect to take home roughly $11.84 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.02 per hour on the low end to $15.45 on the high end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though the specific employer and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The vast majority (87 percent) of Patient Care Assistants who took the survey are female. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one-third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$17,960 - $40,837
(Median)
$18K
$29K
$41K
MEDIAN: $28,749
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$9.02 - $15.45
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,960 - $40,837  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $488.53  
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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$18,831 - $33,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.02 - $15.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.05  
Overtime
$1.85 - $21.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $488.53  
   
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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$18,831 - $33,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,192
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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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While Patient Care Assistants do not often become Emergency Room Registered Nurses, the job pays $60K per year on average. When Patient Care Assistants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Registered Nurses or Medical Assistants. Those roles pay an additional $30K and $3K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Patient Care Assistants include Mercy Hospital, Methodist, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and Texas Children's Hospital. St. Luke's Health System offers the largest salaries in town — $31K on average. Also paying near the top of the field are Virginia Hospital Center at $31K, Methodist at $31K, and Texas Children's Hospital, where Patient Care Assistants annually earn $29K.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at St. Luke's Hospital ($23K), Baptist Hospital ($25K), and Nationwide Children's Hospital ($26K).

Popular Skills for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)


Patient Care Assistants report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Intensive Care Unit, Phlebotomy, Ekg, and Long Term Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 12 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include CNA. Those proficient in Acute Care are, more often than not, also skilled in Ekg.

Pay by Experience Level for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $24K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $27K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $28K in this role. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Patient Care Assistant with more than 20 years of experience can earn $30K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $24,954

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Patient Care Assistants, 39 percent higher than the national average. Patient Care Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+11 percent), Phoenix (+9 percent), Atlanta (+6 percent), and Milwaukee (+5 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 18 percent south of the national average, can be found in Birmingham. Employers pay around 7 percent less in Lancaster and 4 percent less in Columbus, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 13%


National Average
$25,000


Skills That Affect Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salaries

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 12%


Ekg
up arrow 9%

Customer Service
up arrow 6%

Critical Care
up arrow 6%

Long Term Care
up arrow 6%

Elder Care
up arrow 5%

Acute Care
up arrow 4%

National Average
$25,000

Telemetry
up arrow 1%

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 1%

CNA
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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