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Patient Care Associate Salary (United States)

Patient Care Associates in the United States typically take home $12.39 per hour. Earnings sit near $9.21 per hour on the lower side but can approach $17.53 on the higher side. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but most have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. Women make up the vast majority of Patient Care Associates (84 percent). Most Patient Care Associates report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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
(Median)
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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  
   
Bonus
$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  
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
Bonus
$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  
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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Additional career progression can often lead to a hefty increase in pay for Patient Care Associates. Many move into a Registered Nurse role where pay averages at $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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Ekg.

Pay by Experience Level for Patient Care Associate

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Patient Care Associates do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $32K in this role. Patient Care Associates who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $33K on average. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up roughly one in eight of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise close to one-sixth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one-tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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National Average
$27,000
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St. Louis
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Home to some of the best pay for Patient Care Associates, New York offers exceptional salaries, 43 percent above the national average. Trailing the national average by 15 percent, St. Louis is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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Mid-Career
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National Average
$27,000
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Skills That Affect Patient Care Associate Salaries

Phlebotomy
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National Average
$27,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
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%