Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salary

Median pay for Patient Care Assistants in the United States is around $11.72 per hour. Pay ranges from $8.95 per hour on the low end to $15.22 on the high end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by the company and years of experience. While some workers in this profession — roughly a third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and a little over a half have dental insurance. Women make up the vast majority of Patient Care Assistants (88 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Job satisfaction for Patient Care Assistants is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$17,664 - $37,960
(Median)
$18K
$25K
$38K
MEDIAN: $24,743
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$8.95 - $15.22
(Median)
$8
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$17,664 - $37,960  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $495.18  
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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$18,655 - $32,316  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.95 - $15.22  
   
Overtime
$1.30 - $21.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $495.18  
   
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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$18,655 - $32,316  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 965
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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 not the most common occurrence, Patient Care Assistants sometimes become Emergency Room Registered Nurses, where the average income is $60K per year. It is quite typical for Patient Care Assistants to transition into roles as Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses, where reported median earnings are $30K and $12K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)


Patient Care Assistants generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Intensive Care Unit, Ekg, Phlebotomy, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 17 percent. Competency in Acute Care frequently indicates knowledge of Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)

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


Patient Care Assistants with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $24K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $26K. Patient Care Assistants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $28K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Patient Care Assistants with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $30K.

Pay Difference by Location


Patient Care Assistants will find that New Haven offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 35 percent. Patient Care Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+22 percent), Houston (+9 percent), Milwaukee (+5 percent), and Cincinnati (+4 percent). Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Birmingham. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in St. Louis and Memphis (15 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
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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 10%

Long Term Care
up arrow 7%

Elder Care
up arrow 5%

Acute Care
up arrow 4%

Home Health/Home Care
0%

National Average
$25,000

Telemetry
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 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
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 33%
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