Patient Care Associate Salary

The average Patient Care Associate in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $12.77 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $9.22 per hour and $18.55. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Close to one-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. There are far more female Patient Care Associates who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 85 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$22,300 - $38,931
(Median)
$22K
$30K
$39K
MEDIAN: $30,164
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$9.22 - $18.55
(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
$22,300 - $38,931  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $497.49  
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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$19,264 - $39,601  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.22 - $18.55  
   
Overtime
$0.75 - $27.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $497.49  
   
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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$19,264 - $39,601  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 308
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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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Advancing into a Registered Nurse role seems to be a popular career move for Patient Care Associates, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger 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 12 percent, respectively. Employees educated in Ekg are typically practiced in Phlebotomy, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Patient Care Associate

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


For many Patient Care Associates, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $25K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $31K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Patient Care Associates make a median salary of $32K. Patient Care Associates who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $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 26%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

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

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 24%
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