Patient Care Associate Salary

Patient Care Associates in the United States take home an average $12.87 per hour. Compensation ranges from $9.20 per hour on the lower end to $18.64 on the higher end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 85 percent of Patient Care Associates are female. Although nearly one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,232 - $39,742
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MEDIAN: $30,509
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$9.20 - $18.64
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$21,232 - $39,742  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $587  
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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$19,248 - $39,749  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.20 - $18.64  
   
Overtime
$0.92 - $27.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $587  
   
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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$19,248 - $39,749  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 361
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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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It's not very common for Patient Care Associates to move on to become Registered Nurses. Average pay for a Registered Nurse is $55K annually.

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Patient Care Associates note just a narrow range of job skills. Phlebotomy and Ekg are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 12 percent and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include patient care. Experience with Ekg is often linked with knowledge of Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Patient Care Associate

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $25K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $30K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Patient Care Associates make a median salary of $32K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Patient Care Associate generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $35K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,445

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Patient Care Associates that is 40 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Patient Care Associates will also find cushy salaries in New Haven (+40 percent) and Detroit (+10 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Patient Care Associates in Springfield earning a whopping 27 percent below the national average. Workers in St. Louis and Columbus earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (17 percent less and 12 percent less, respectively).

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


Skills That Affect Patient Care Associate Salaries


Ekg
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National Average
$27,000

patient care
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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