An average Patient Care Associate in the United States can expect to take home roughly $12.87 per hour. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Patient Care Associates (82 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Some workers in this field — just under a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by a little more than half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,426 - $41,028
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$41K
MEDIAN: $35,573
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$9.38 - $18.49
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,426 - $41,028  
   
Bonus
$800  
Total Pay (?
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$19,570 - $39,970  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.38 - $18.49  
   
Overtime
$2.21 - $26.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$19,570 - $39,970  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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.

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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.

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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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $26K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $30K. Patient Care Associates with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $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 $35K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,835

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

New Haven is home to an above-average pay rate for Patient Care Associates, 41 percent higher than the national average. Patient Care Associates will also find cushy salaries in New York (+39 percent), Los Angeles (+27 percent), Hartford (+24 percent), and Philadelphia (+19 percent). Patient Care Associates in Springfield make 26 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in St. Louis and Columbus (18 percent lower and 13 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
$28,000


Skills That Affect Patient Care Associate Salaries

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Customer Service
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National Average
$28,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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