Patient Care Associate Salary

For Patient Care Associates, hourly average wages total $12.78 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $9.23 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $18.53. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Patient Care Associates far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Some workers in this field — one-fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. The majority of Patient Care Associates claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$22,300 - $38,931
(Median)
$22K
$30K
$39K
MEDIAN: $30,164
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$9.23 - $18.53
(Median)
$9
$13
$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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$19,282 - $39,572  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.23 - $18.53  
   
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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$19,282 - $39,572  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 310
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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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Patient Care Associates who move on to become Registered Nurses may enjoy significant pay raises, as Registered Nurses get paid an average of $55K per year.

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Patient Care Associates note just a narrow range of job skills. Phlebotomy and Ekg are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 13 percent and 11 percent, respectively. Those with knowledge of Ekg tend to be skilled in Phlebotomy as well.

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. 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 $31K. Patient Care Associates bring in $32K after working for 10 to 20 years. As Patient Care Associates reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $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
up arrow 12%

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
15%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
14%
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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