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Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salary

The average Patient Care Assistant in the United States earns approximately $11.68 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.94 per hour to $15.16. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Patient Care Assistants who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 89 percent. Job satisfaction for Patient Care Assistants is high. Some workers in this field — nearly one-third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,879 - $33,283
(Median)
$18K
$24K
$33K
MEDIAN: $24,334
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$8.94 - $15.16
(Median)
$8
$12
$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$17,879 - $33,283  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $492.71  
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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$18,628 - $32,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.94 - $15.16  
   
Overtime
$1.39 - $21.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $492.71  
   
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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$18,628 - $32,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 906

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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. A common career progression for a Patient Care Assistant is to become a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Practical Nurse. Compared to Patient Care Assistants, the first group earns $30K more on average, and the second group earns $12K more.

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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 12 percent and 17 percent. Those with knowledge of Acute Care 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.


Patient Care Assistants do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $23K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $26K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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


Phoenix is home to an above-average pay rate for Patient Care Assistants, 23 percent higher than the national average. Patient Care Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+12 percent), Jacksonville (+9 percent), Houston (+9 percent), and Mesa (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Birmingham. San Antonio and Lancaster are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 5 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
up arrow 6%

National Average
$25,000


Skills That Affect Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salaries

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 17%

Ekg
up arrow 14%


Customer Service
up arrow 11%

Long Term Care
up arrow 8%


Elder Care
up arrow 5%

Home Health/Home Care
0%

National Average
$25,000

Telemetry
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 33%
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