Patient Care Associate Salary
|Salary||$23,147 - $41,996|
|Total Pay (||$20,191 - $40,077|
|Hourly Rate||$9.61 - $18.17|
|Overtime||$2.55 - $25.91|
|Total Pay (||$20,191 - $40,077|
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.Read More...
The associate's duties include basic patient care activities,, which may include everything from making beds and bathing to skin care and incontinence care. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are necessary to provide physical and emotional care to patients. In many cases, it is necessary to conduct treatments and procedures when requested by the physician. In all tasks, safety protocols must be followed with extreme precision. Much of this work also requires generating regular reports related to patient care.
Generally, this position is performed in a small team of colleagues with one supervisor in a management-type role. Working directly with patients and physicians requires substantial communication on a day-to-day basis. The position does include some basic hazards related to working with medical patients, but by following standard protocols, they are limited. Shifts may vary depending on the needs of the employer. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Patient Care Associate Tasks
- Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff.
- Support the administrative and clinical operations of the practice.
- Prepare, update and disseminates unit reports, physician orders and patient records.
- Provide basic therapeutic services under direction of nursing staff.
Common Career Paths for Patient Care Associate
Patient Care Associates might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Registered Nurse, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $56K per year. A Patient Care Associate often moves on to become a Licensed Practical Nurse or a Certified Medical Assistant.
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Pay by Experience Level for Patient Care Associate
Pay by Experience for a Patient Care Associate has a positive trend. An entry-level Patient Care Associate with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 198 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Patient Care Associate with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 79 salaries. An experienced Patient Care Associate which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 75 salaries. A Patient Care Associate with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 18 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Home to some of the best pay for Patient Care Associates, New York offers exceptional salaries, 41 percent above the national average. Patient Care Associates will also find cushy salaries in New Haven (+40 percent), Hartford (+31 percent), Los Angeles (+28 percent), and Philadelphia (+20 percent). Patient Care Associates in Springfield earn salaries far below the national average by 26 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Antonio and Columbus (16 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).
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