Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salary

Patient Care Assistants in the United States take home an average $11.72 per hour. Pay ranges from $8.95 per hour on the low end to $15.20 on the high end. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and experience level are driving factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Patient Care Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Patient Care Assistants who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 88 percent. Although more than half have medical coverage and a little more than half have dental coverage, one-third claim no health benefits at all. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,618 - $38,186
(Median)
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$38K
MEDIAN: $24,598
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$8.95 - $15.20
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$17,618 - $38,186  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $492.56  
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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$18,652 - $32,266  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.95 - $15.20  
   
Overtime
$1.56 - $21.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $492.56  
   
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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$18,652 - $32,266  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 970
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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 it's uncommon, some Patient Care Assistants move into roles as Emergency Room Registered Nurses, where pay is an average $60K per year. Typical career progression for a Patient Care Assistant involves becoming a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Practical Nurse, roles that pay $30K more and $12K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)


Patient Care Assistants seem to require a number of specific skills. 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. Aptitude in Acute Care tends to also indicate an understanding of Phlebotomy.

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $24K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $26K. Patient Care Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $28K. As Patient Care Assistants reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $30K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Patient Care Assistants, New Haven provides a pay rate that is 35 percent greater than the national average. Patient Care Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+22 percent), Houston (+10 percent), Milwaukee (+7 percent), and Cincinnati (+4 percent). In Birmingham, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. St. Louis and Memphis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 15 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

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 9%

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 104 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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