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Patient Care Technician Salary

A Patient Care Technician earns an average wage of $12.37 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.

$18,545 - $40,982
(Median)
$19K
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$41K
MEDIAN: $30,013
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$9.75 - $16.63
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$18,545 - $40,982  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $515  
Profit Sharing
$76.50 - $7,500  
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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$20,361 - $36,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 218
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.75 - $16.63  
   
Overtime
$6.09 - $24.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $515  
   
Profit Sharing
$76.50 - $7,500  
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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$20,361 - $36,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,534

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Job Description for Patient Care Technician

A patient care technician (PTA) works closely with patients that are under the care of a physician. The type of patients they care for can range from having mild injuries to life threatening diseases. Their responsibility is to tend to the patients, monitor their conditions, and report any changes to a nurse or physician. The PTA is responsible for making sure vitals are taken at the required times, provide treatments as directed, distribute medications and do laboratory work as needed. Another part of the job is to assist in everyday tasks that some patients can no longer do on their own. They must help with maintaining good hygiene such as helping patients to brush their teeth or comb their hair. Technicians sometimes help a patient to shower, and with bathroom duties. They assist with feedings when a patient cannot feed themselves. They can also provide a form of physical therapy under a physician's orders. They must accurately fill patient charts or update any records or reports. A crucial part of a PTA's job is patient care, therefore, it is essential for all patients to be provided with the best care possible. They must also be team players and assist co-workers as well as patients. PTAs can be found working in hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation facilities. They are sometimes hired as private caretakers, and can even live in the patient's home to provide around-the-clock care.


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

Patient Care Technician in Allen Park:
Pros: I like working as a team. I love the one on one interaction with residents. I love being able to help the elderly that are not able to do the daily living activities on their own.
Cons: Hours being cut short. Company does not work with you.

Patient Care Technician in Rochester:
"More Work, No More Pay."
Pros: Nurses that I work with are like family.
Cons: Very stressful, pulled in ten directions at once, responsible for way more than I am compensated for.

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Experience Affects Patient Care Technician Salaries




National Average
$26,000


Skills That Affect Patient Care Technician Salaries


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Orthopedics
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Phlebotomy
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Medicine / Surgery
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Long Term Care
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Telemetry
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Oncology
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Acute Care
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Wound Care
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National Average
$26,000

Customer Service
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Elder Care
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Home Health/Home Care
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 444 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 26%
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