Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salary (United States)

Patient Care Assistants in the United States usually make around $11.51 per hour. Pay ranges from $8.88 per hour on the low end to $14.96 on the higher side. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession—about a third—do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview are derived from 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 (?
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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$8.88 - $14.96
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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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  
PayScale
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  
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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Patient Care Assistants who assume a position such as a Emergency Room RN—while uncommon—may get paid an extra $36K per year. With an annual $31K increase in salary, a Registered Nurse is the most common role for Patient Care Assistants to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Certified Nurse Assistant role—which actually slashes pay by $1,817—is also typical for Patient Care Assistants, though less common by comparison.

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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 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. Employees educated in Ekg are typically practiced in Phlebotomy, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Starting at around $23K, salaries see a boost to $25K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $28K. 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. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

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
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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). San Antonio is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Atlanta and Columbus are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -6 percent and -4 percent, respectively.

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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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