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Patient Care Associate Salary

Patient Care Associates in the United States can expect to earn an average of $12.77 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.24 per hour and $18.58. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. While nearly one in four report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. There are far more female Patient Care Associates who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 85 percent. For the most part, Patient Care Associates enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,548 - $39,259
(Median)
$19K
$30K
$39K
MEDIAN: $29,850
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$9.24 - $18.58
(Median)
$9
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$19
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$18,548 - $39,259  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $496.65  
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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$19,297 - $39,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.24 - $18.58  
   
Overtime
$0.73 - $27.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $496.65  
   
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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$19,297 - $39,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 302

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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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Many Patient Care Associates move into a Registered Nurse role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $55K per year.

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Patient Care Associates usually report a few specific skills. Phlebotomy and Ekg are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 12 percent and 5 percent, respectively. It is not unusual for someone who knows Ekg to be familiar with Phlebotomy as well.

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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $25K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $30K. Patient Care Associates who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $31K. As Patient Care Associates reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in 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 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Patient Care Associate Salaries


Ekg
up arrow 5%

National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 26%
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