Patient Care Associate Salary (United States)

Pay for Patient Care Associates in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $12.39 per hour. Pay starts at $9.21 per hour and can approach $17.53 on the higher side. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, 26 percent are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by most and dental insurance is reported by more than half. For the most part, Patient Care Associates enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Patient Care Associate Salary (?
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$23,013 - $38,576
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MEDIAN: $30,288
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Patient Care Associate Salary (?
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$9.21 - $17.53
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National Salary Data

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$0$13K$26K$39K
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$23,013 - $38,576  
   
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$0.00 - $500  
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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$19,411 - $38,921  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 31
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.21 - $17.53  
   
Overtime
$1.14 - $24.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
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$0.00 - $500  
   
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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$19,411 - $38,921  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 272
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Job Description for Patient Care Associate

Patient care associate positions are most commonly found in medical centers and hospitals. Generally, the only educational requirements are a high school degree or equivalent. However, many positions require other certifications ranging from CPR to nursing assistant certifications. Many of these positions are commonly offered to those taking RN or CNA programs as well, but they are not necessarily limited to these positions. Other requirements may vary by state or locality, but general patient care experience is also important.
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Patient Care Associate Tasks
  • Prepare, update and disseminates unit reports, physician orders and patient records.
  • Provide basic therapeutic services under direction of nursing staff.
  • Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff.
  • Support the administrative and clinical operations of the practice.

Common Career Paths for Patient Care Associate

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Additional career progression often leads to a hefty increase in pay for Patient Care Associates. At the upper end, those who move into a Registered Nurse role can bring in an extra $28K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Patient Care Associate

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Patient Care Associates, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. Beginning workers can expect to earn $25K starting out, which grows to $30K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $33K after 10 to 20 years. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and Patient Care Associates who have made it this far report earning around $33K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 12 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 17 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 6 percent. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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National Average
$27,000
Columbus
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St. Louis
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For Patient Care Associates, New York provides a pay rate that is 43 percent greater than the national average. St. Louis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent.

Patient Care Associate Reviews

What is it like working as a Patient Care Associate?
Patient Care Associate in Elmhurst:
"Busy Office, A Lot Of Patient Interaction."
Pros: I like working with people and the software applications side of my job.
Cons: Dealing with unhappy patients and the irregular hours.

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Experience Affects Patient Care Associate Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$27,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Patient Care Associate Salaries

Phlebotomy
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National Average
$27,000
Ekg
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
84%
female alumni
 
Male
16%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 26%
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