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Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salary

The average Personal Care Attendant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $10.06 per hour. Compensation ranges between $7.94 per hour and $13.56. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Nearly one-sixth have medical and dental plans, and less than one-tenth have vision insurance. Women account for the majority of Personal Care Attendants who took the survey — 88 percent to be exact.

$14,637 - $40,359
(Median)
$15K
$24K
$40K
MEDIAN: $24,277
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$7.94 - $13.56
(Median)
$7
$10
$14
MEDIAN: $10
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90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$14,637 - $40,359  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $201.00  
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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$16,558 - $29,892  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.94 - $13.56  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.18  
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.
)
$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $201.00  
   
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).
)
$16,558 - $29,892  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 418

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Personal Care Attendants move into roles as Emergency Room Registered Nurses, where pay is an average $60K per year. Registered Nurses or Certified Nurse Assistants are common next-step roles for Personal Care Attendants moving up in their careers; annual pay for Registered Nurses is $34K higher on average, and it's $2K higher for Certified Nurse Assistants.

Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Job Listings

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Personal Care Attendants usually report a few specific 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.


Personal Care Attendants do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $21K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $21K. On average, Personal Care Attendants make $22K following one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $23K.

Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Advice

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Personal Care Attendant (PCA) in Nacogdoches:
"Job duties."
Find out the job duties and stick by the list. If you don't you'll be caught up in multitasking for the same salary.

Personal Care Attendant (PCA) in Homer:
"There is no job security, anywhere."
Keep your options open, always. Continue training, learning, and getting education.

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Experience Affects Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 1%

Skills That Affect Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salaries

CPR
up arrow 15%

National Average
$21,000

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 17% dental benefits Dental: 13%
vision benefits Vision: 8% employee benefits None: 82%