Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salary (United States)

Pay for Patient Care Assistants in the United States sits in the ballpark of $11.51 per hour. The top of the range reaches $14.96, and the bottom approaches $8.88 per hour. Residency and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, around one third claim no health benefits at all. Work is enjoyable for Patient Care Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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  
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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  
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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  
PayScale
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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There are some Patient Care Assistants—though it's uncommon—that transition into Emergency Room RNs, where earnings can rise by $36K annually. 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 is raised by $31K per year. Another common career choice for Patient Care Assistants is to move into a Certified Nurse Assistant role—oddly enough, this promotion comes with a pay cut of $1,817.

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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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Telemetry. Those with knowledge of Ekg tend to be skilled in 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.
In most cases, Patient Care Assistants can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. At career start, salaries are typically $23K, which grow to $25K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $28K after 10 to 20 years. Patient Care Assistants experience only minor salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $31K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 15 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 13 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. A majority of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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Indianapolis
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National Average
$24,000
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For Patient Care Assistants, Phoenix provides a pay rate that is 24 percent greater than the national average. Patient Care Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+7 percent) and Indianapolis (+6 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, San Antonio is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (-6 percent) and Columbus (-4 percent).

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Experience Affects Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salaries

Late-Career
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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
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Ekg
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Elder Care
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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%
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