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Patient Care Associate Salary

An average Patient Care Associate in the United States can expect to take home roughly $12.76 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $9.22 per hour, and the top verges on $18.58. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Some workers in this field — close to a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. The vast majority (85 percent) of Patient Care Associates who took the survey are female. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$18,383 - $38,659
(Median)
$18K
$30K
$39K
MEDIAN: $29,690
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$9.22 - $18.58
(Median)
$9
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $12.00
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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$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$18,383 - $38,659  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $497.49  
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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$19,218 - $39,563  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.22 - $18.58  
   
Overtime
$0.72 - $26.98  
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$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $497.49  
   
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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$19,218 - $39,563  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 303

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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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Patient Care Associates who move on to become Registered Nurses may enjoy significant pay raises, as Registered Nurses get paid an average of $55K per year.

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Patient Care Associates who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Phlebotomy and Ekg are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 11 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Competency in Ekg frequently indicates knowledge of Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Patient Care Associate

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


For Patient Care Associates, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $25K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $30K. Patient Care Associates see a median salary of $32K 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 $34K.

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
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Patient Care Associate Salaries


Ekg
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National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 24%
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