Patient Care Associate Salary (United States)

Patient Care Associates in the United States pull down an average of $12.39 per hour. Compensation generally starts at $9.21 per hour and does not exceed $17.53. Residency and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. 26 percent of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, most report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Patient Care Associate Salary (?
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$23,013 - $38,576
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MEDIAN: $30,288
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Patient Care Associate Salary (?
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$9.21 - $17.53
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$23,013 - $38,576  
   
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$0.00 - $500  
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$19,411 - $38,921  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 31
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.21 - $17.53  
   
Overtime
$1.14 - $24.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
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$0.00 - $500  
   
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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$19,411 - $38,921  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 272
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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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Oftentimes, Patient Care Associates' salaries rise greatly in accordance with career advancement. Those who assume a higher-end position such as a Registered Nurse usually get paid an extra $28K per year.

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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.
For Patient Care Associates, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $25K; however, pay rises to approximately $30K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $33K. Salaries grow more slowly as Patient Care Associates approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $33K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 12 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 17 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 6 percent. A majority of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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National Average
$27,000
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St. Louis
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Surpassing the national average by 43 percent, Patient Care Associates in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. The lowest-paying market is St. Louis, which sits 15 percent below the national average.

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
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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$27,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Patient Care Associate Salaries

Phlebotomy
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National Average
$27,000
Ekg
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
84%
female alumni
 
Male
16%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 26%
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