Patient Care Associate Salary

The average Patient Care Associate in the United States earns approximately $12.91 per hour. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women account for the majority of Patient Care Associates who took the survey — 85 percent to be exact. Though the majority of Patient Care Associates do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Some workers in this field — just under a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,147 - $41,996
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MEDIAN: $36,692
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$9.61 - $18.17
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$0$41K
Salary $23,147 - $41,996
Bonus $1,000
Total Pay (?
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$20,191 - $40,077
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 33
Hourly Data $0$25
Hourly Rate $9.61 - $18.17
Overtime $2.55 - $25.91
Annual Data $0$40K
Bonus $1,000
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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$20,191 - $40,077
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 321

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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

  • 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


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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

National Average: $27,668

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

Patient Care Associate Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Patient Care Associate

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Patient Care Associate Salaries

Late-Career
▲23%

Experienced
▲21%

Mid-Career
▲7%

National Average
$28,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Patient Care Associate Salaries

vital signs
▲41%

Ekg
▲33%

▲25%

Customer Service
▲21%

National Average
$28,000

patient care
▼8%

Elder Care
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 29%
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