Patient Care Associate Salary
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.
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
Many Patient Care Associates move into a Registered Nurse role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $56K per year. It is not unusual for a Patient Care Associate to become a Licensed Practical Nurse or a Certified Medical Assistant.
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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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $26K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $30K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Patient Care Associates, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $33K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $34K.
Pay Difference by Location
New Haven offers some of the highest pay in the country for Patient Care Associates, 39 percent above the national average. Patient Care Associates will also find cushy salaries in New York (+39 percent), Los Angeles (+26 percent), Hartford (+24 percent), and Philadelphia (+19 percent). The lowest-paying market is Springfield, which sits 26 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are St. Louis (18 percent less) and San Antonio (17 percent less).
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