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Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salary (United States)

Median pay for Personal Care Attendants in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $10.07 per hour. Pay ranges from $7.87 per hour on the low end to $14.15 on the high end. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Personal Care Attendants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 86 percent of Personal Care Attendants are female. Just under one in five receive medical and dental insurance and close to a tenth get vision insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salary (?
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$15,884 - $40,452
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MEDIAN: $24,388
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Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salary (?
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$7.87 - $14.15
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$15,884 - $40,452  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $243.61  
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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$16,447 - $30,660  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 24
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.87 - $14.15  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.07  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $243.61  
   
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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$16,447 - $30,660  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 455
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Job Description for Personal Care Attendant (PCA)

People who are ill or otherwise impaired sometimes need a personal care attendant (PCA) to assist them. Nursing homes sometimes employ PCAs, as do visiting nurse associations. Sometimes PCAs are privately hired by a family member. This is often the case when an adult child is concerned about his or her elderly parent. A PCA can be hired to assist the senior in the home on a part or full-time basis.
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Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Tasks
  • Participate in case reviews, consulting with the team caring for the client, to evaluate the client's needs and plan for continuing services.
  • Instruct, advise and perform housekeeping duties and running errands.
  • Prepare and maintain records of client progress and services performed, reporting changes in client condition to manager or supervisor.
  • Administer bedside and personal care, such as ambulation and personal hygiene assistance.
  • Train family members to provide bedside care.

Common Career Paths for Personal Care Attendant (PCA)

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Personal Care Attendants may go on to top-notch roles like Emergency Room Registered Nurse, where median pay is $60K annually. Career advancement for the typical Personal Care Attendant often leads to becoming a Registered Nurse or a Certified Nurse Assistant; median salaries in these positions are $34K higher and $1K higher, respectively.

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Survey takers who work as Personal Care Attendants report a focused set of job skills. CPR and Home Health/Home Care are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Personal Care Attendant (PCA)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Personal Care Attendants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $21K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $21K. Personal Care Attendants bring in $23K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $24K.

Pay Difference By Location

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Minneapolis
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National Average
$21,000
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Surpassing the national average by 11 percent, Personal Care Attendants in St. Paul receive some of the highest pay in the country. Personal Care Attendants will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+8 percent). With compensation 1 percent below the national average, Houston is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Advice

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Experience Affects Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$21,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salaries

CPR
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Home Health/Home Care
0%
National Average
$21,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
86%
female alumni
 
Male
14%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 19% dental benefits Dental: 15%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 80%