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Patient Care Associate Salary (United States)

Patient Care Associates in the United States take home approximately $12.47 per hour on average. Pay ranges from $9.19 per hour on the low end to $18.33 on the high end. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 85 percent of Patient Care Associates are female. Although roughly one in four lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Most Patient Care Associates report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Patient Care Associate Salary (?
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$22,502 - $39,144
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $30,157
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Patient Care Associate Salary (?
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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$9.19 - $18.33
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$22,502 - $39,144  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $501  
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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$19,280 - $39,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 31
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.19 - $18.33  
   
Overtime
$0.89 - $25.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $501  
   
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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$19,280 - $39,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 267
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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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Compensation usually increases greatly for Patient Care Associates who advance to upper-end positions like Registered Nurse. Registered Nurses make $55K per year on average.

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Survey takers who work as Patient Care Associates typically report just a few professional skills. Phlebotomy and Ekg are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Ekg.

Pay by Experience Level for Patient Care Associate

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. 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 $30K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $31K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Patient Care Associate generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $33K.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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National Average
$27,000
Jacksonville
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Columbus
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St. Louis
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For those looking to make money, Patient Care Associates in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 45 percent above the national average. St. Louis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. Columbus and Jacksonville are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

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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National Average
$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 31 votes.

Gender

Female
85%
female alumni
 
Male
15%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 27%