Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salary

Patient Care Assistants in the United States pull down an average of $12.06 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Health benefits are not claimed by all — over a third lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and a little more than half have dental, too. The majority of Patient Care Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 86 percent of Patient Care Assistants are female. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$18,134 - $41,396
$18K
$27K
$41K
MEDIAN: $27,197
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$9.16 - $16.39
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$0$41K
Salary $18,134 - $41,396
Bonus $47.34 - $2,269
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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$19,112 - $35,723
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 70
Hourly Data $0$25
Hourly Rate $9.16 - $16.39
Hourly Tips $0.40
Overtime $6.80 - $25.83
Annual Data $0$35K
Bonus $47.34 - $2,269
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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$19,112 - $35,723
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,236

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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

  • Provide basic patient care under the direction of a nursing staff.
  • Assist patients with daily activities including feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, mobility, changing linens, and taking medication.

Common Career Paths for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)


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At the upper end, Patient Care Assistants who move into an Emergency Room Registered Nurse role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Emergency Room Registered Nurses is a much higher $61K per year. When Patient Care Assistants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses. Those roles pay an additional $31K and $12K, respectively.

Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)


Methodist, Nationwide Children's Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital, and Baptist Hospital are top-notch employers for Patient Care Assistants in this area. Those at Methodist can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $32K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider St. Luke's Health System, Virginia Hospital Center, and Texas Children's Hospital, top-paying firms where Patient Care Assistants rake in a solid $31K, $31K, or $29K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Mercy Hospital at $23K, Baptist Hospital at $25K, and St. Luke's Hospital, where $25K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)


Patient Care Assistants seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with CNA, Ekg, and Phlebotomy are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 14 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Cleaning. Those proficient in Acute Care are, more often than not, also skilled in Ekg.

Pay by Experience Level for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)

Pay by Experience for a Patient Care Assistant (PCA) has a positive trend. An entry-level Patient Care Assistant (PCA) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 834 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Patient Care Assistant (PCA) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 290 salaries. An experienced Patient Care Assistant (PCA) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 208 salaries. A Patient Care Assistant (PCA) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 82 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $25,533

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

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Patient Care Assistants, 40 percent above the national average. Patient Care Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New Haven (+31 percent), Phoenix (+16 percent), Houston (+16 percent), and Cincinnati (+3 percent). St. Louis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Birmingham (11 percent less) and Memphis (9 percent less).

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Key Stats for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 140 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salaries

▲26%

▲17%

▲6%

National Average
$26,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salaries

CNA
▲26%

Ekg
▲14%

▲12%

Long Term Care
▲10%

▲6%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
▲6%

Recovery / Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
▲4%

Pediatrics
▲3%

Critical Care
▲2%

Cardiology
▼0%

National Average
$26,000

Elder Care
▼2%

Telemetry
▼3%

Home Health/Home Care
▼3%

Customer Service
▼3%

Cleaning
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 140 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 38%
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