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Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salary (United States)

Patient Care Assistants in the United States can expect wages of $11.57 per hour on average. Pay ranges from $8.89 per hour on the low end to $15.07 on the high end. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although the greater part have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, close to a third claim no health benefits at all. Women account for the majority of Patient Care Assistants who took the survey — 88 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction for Patient Care Assistants is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salary (?
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$19,948 - $32,127
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MEDIAN: $24,221
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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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$8.89 - $15.07
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National Salary Data

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$0$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$19,948 - $32,127  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $493.96  
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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$18,570 - $31,926  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 27
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.89 - $15.07  
   
Overtime
$1.97 - $21.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $493.96  
   
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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$18,570 - $31,926  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 788
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Emergency Room Registered Nurses. That role pays $60K per year on average. A Registered Nurse role is the most common promotion for Patient Care Assistants moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $55K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Patient Care Assistants is a Certified Nurse Assistant position, where earnings are usually $23K.

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Popular Skills for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)

Patient Care Assistants report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Phlebotomy, Ekg, Customer Service, and Elder Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 17 percent. Acute Care and Phlebotomy are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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. The average inexperienced worker earns $23K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $26K. Patient Care Assistants see a median salary of $28K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $30K.

Pay Difference By Location

Phoenix
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Mesa
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Indianapolis
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Cincinnati
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Cleveland
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National Average
$24,000
Milwaukee
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Atlanta
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San Antonio
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Patient Care Assistants, Phoenix provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Patient Care Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Mesa (+7 percent), Houston (+6 percent), Indianapolis (+6 percent), and Cincinnati (+3 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is San Antonio. Employers in Atlanta and Columbus also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 2 percent lower, 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

Ekg
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Customer Service
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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 93 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: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 32%