Earnings for Patient Care Associates in the United States come in at around $12.88 per hour on average. Residence 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 — 82 percent to be exact. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one-third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and slightly more than half have dental, too. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,511 - $40,790
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MEDIAN: $35,734
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$9.35 - $18.37
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,511 - $40,790  
   
Bonus
$800  
Total Pay (?
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$19,646 - $39,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.35 - $18.37  
   
Overtime
$2.30 - $25.88  
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$800  
   
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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$19,646 - $39,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 312

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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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Many Patient Care Associates move into a Registered Nurse role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $56K per year. It is not unusual for a Patient Care Associate to become a Licensed Practical Nurse or a Certified Medical Assistant.

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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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $26K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $30K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Patient Care Associates, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $33K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $34K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,938

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

New Haven offers some of the highest pay in the country for Patient Care Associates, 39 percent above the national average. Patient Care Associates will also find cushy salaries in New York (+39 percent), Los Angeles (+26 percent), Hartford (+24 percent), and Philadelphia (+19 percent). The lowest-paying market is Springfield, which sits 26 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are St. Louis (18 percent less) and San Antonio (17 percent less).

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
82 %
Male
18 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Patient Care Associate Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Patient Care Associate Salaries

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Customer Service
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National Average
$28,000

patient care
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Elder Care
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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