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Patient Care Associate Salary

Patient Care Associates in the United States take home approximately $12.70 per hour on average. Compensation ranges between $9.19 per hour and $18.37. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (85 percent) of Patient Care Associates who took the survey are female. Although roughly one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$22,672 - $39,297
(Median)
$23K
$30K
$39K
MEDIAN: $29,993
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$9.19 - $18.37
(Median)
$9
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$22,672 - $39,297  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $503  
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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$19,291 - $39,536  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.19 - $18.37  
   
Overtime
$0.73 - $27.03  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $503  
   
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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$19,291 - $39,536  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 293

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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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Though some Patient Care Associates move into positions like Registered Nurse (where the average salary is $55K), this progression is not the norm.

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Survey takers who work as Patient Care Associates report a focused set of job skills. Phlebotomy and Ekg are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 13 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Ekg and Phlebotomy are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $25K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $30K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $31K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to 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 24%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Patient Care Associate Salaries


Ekg
up arrow 5%

National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 26%