Patient Care Technician Salary

The average pay for a Patient Care Technician is $12.81 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. A skill in Dialysis is associated with high pay for this job.

$19,350 - $46,150
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$46K
MEDIAN: $30,202
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$10.22 - $17.28
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$0$46K
Salary $19,350 - $46,150
Bonus $51.71 - $1,987
Profit Sharing $0.14 - $2,959
Commission $10,500
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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$21,372 - $37,703
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 196
Hourly Data $0$26
Hourly Rate $10.22 - $17.28
Hourly Tips $2.00
Overtime $5.93 - $26.03
Annual Data $0$37K
Bonus $51.71 - $1,987
Commission $10,500
Profit Sharing $0.14 - $2,959
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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$21,372 - $37,703
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,058

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Job Description for Patient Care Technician

Patient care technicians assist physicians, nurses, and other medical staff in caring for patients. This job is usually performed in a hospital environment under the supervision of other medical staff, in which a technician will monitor patients, create daily reports of their status, conduct tests, and obtain specimens for testing. If changes in a patient’s status are noted, they must be reported to a nurse or physician.

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Patient Care Technician 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Patient Care Technician

Pay by Experience for a Patient Care Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Patient Care Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 2,706 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Patient Care Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 1,057 salaries. An experienced Patient Care Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 842 salaries. A Patient Care Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 272 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,536

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Patient Care Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Patient Care Technician?

Patient Care Technician in Fairborn:
"The little clinic."
Pros: A nice company to work for, must know the ins & outs of the management.
Cons: How a lot of the departments are out of state I.e. ( scheduling, HR..)

Patient Care Technician in Butte:
"Terrible Communication, Wonderful Patients."
Pros: My experience at Fresenius is ending with mixed emotions. The patients I have encountered have all been amazing. Many of the people I have had as co-workers have also been wonderful and true assets to our little community. Coming to work and facing new challenges every day is something I have come to love. Watching patients smile makes my day.
Cons: The management team in our facility has made our jobs near impossible to achieve our mission statement. Also, they have made the atmosphere very bleak. This is the hardest environment I have ever worked in. I believe in working "smarter, not harder." Everytime I try to bring new ideas to the table they get shot down. This is a very discouraging place to work.

Patient Care Technician in Birmingham:
"Working as a Pct.."
Pros: I like the exposure and hospital experience, considering I am in nursing school. Being exposed to basic tasks allows me to function as a nursing student, more efficiently. Also, seeing illnesses of all kinds is good exposure for medsurg.
Cons: Pcts are underpaid, and even worse in some places, over others. And some places really overwork their pcts with maxed patients and overflow. It can be quite stressful at times.

Patient Care Technician in Jefferson City:
Pros: There are quite a few things to like about the position like getting to help out patients when they especially need to have you around. You can learn alot about medicine from the nurses and doctors around the hospital its a great position to begin a medical career. Many people have done so.
Cons: There is quite a heavy load of work required for patient care technians. The work is very aerobic, lots of running around and a good amount of endurance is required for all that one does. There is a lot of lifting like lifting thats not really like regular weight lifting with barbells. But this is not the most physical job I have ever had, I worked in a warehouse loading boxes and I worked harder. I worked more physically as an overnight cook at McDonalds. The very worst aspect is that there is no ability to progress in this job without traditional education. If you don't intend to work as a nurse you may find yourself doing this job a long time because there is nothing else you can do in your area that pays as well that isn't back breaking labour, which will find a person who wants to achieve something better being very disappointed.

Patient Care Technician in Washington:
"Tough work but rewarded in love."
Pros: Interacting with patients. Making a difference.
Cons: Overworked. Understaffed. Commute. Hours.

Patient Care Technician in Rochester:
Pros: The variety of patients and teams of care providers we work with. Also I am able to assist with surgical procedures.
Cons: I do not like the number of patients that are scheduled for burn clinic. Between 30 and 70 patients. Typically they have 3 or 4 rooms to use for seeing the patients. It is very, very stressful for all involved.

Patient Care Technician in Detroit:
"I like the benefits."
Pros: I enjoy working with my patients and most of all the pediatric and young adult unit. I like listening to my patients talk about the advanced technology that they use at school and home. I learn new things from my patients.
Cons: The least is not getting raises every year.

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Key Stats for Patient Care Technician

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 378 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Patient Care Technician Salaries

▲20%

▲12%

▲2%

National Average
$28,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Patient Care Technician Salaries

▲9%

▲5%

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National Average
$28,000

Telemetry
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▼4%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 378 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 27%
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