Patient Care Associate Salary

Patient Care Associates in the United States take home an average $12.87 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.20 per hour to $18.64. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. There are far more female Patient Care Associates who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 85 percent. Work is enjoyable for Patient Care Associates, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — close to one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to 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  
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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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Patient Care Associates often transition into Registered Nurse positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Registered Nurses earn $55K per year.

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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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include patient care. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. 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 acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $35K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,445

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

For Patient Care Associates, New York provides a pay rate that is 40 percent greater than the national average. Patient Care Associates will also find cushy salaries in New Haven (+40 percent) and Detroit (+10 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Patient Care Associate's salary, with Springfield Patient Care Associates earning salaries that are 27 percent less than the national average. St. Louis and Columbus are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 17 percent lower and 12 percent lower, 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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