Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salary
Average Personal Care Attendants in the United States make around $10.10 per hour. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Personal Care Attendants like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority (89 percent) of Personal Care Attendants who took the survey are female. About one in five enjoy medical while approximately one in eight get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to fewer than one in ten. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Personal Care Attendant (PCA)
Personal care attendants are responsible for providing care to the sick and injured of any age, from children with disabilities to the elderly. This position requires professionalism and compassion at all times. Some duties include checking the patient’s vital signs, helping the patient with personal hygiene, dressing the patient, feeding the patient, and taking the patient to appointments. Basic housekeeping is also necessary in order to provide a safe, clean environment. In day to day activities, personal care attendants will normally work alone, but they will report to a registered nurse.Read More...
Personal care attendants will typically work in the home of the patient or in an assisted living facility. They work in shifts of eight or twelve hours, including overnight and weekend shifts. Some physical fitness is required to aid the patient in rehabilitative exercises and help them get in and out of bed.
A personal care attendant is required to have at least a high school diploma or GED. He or she must have a valid drivers’ license and reliable transportation. Personal care attendants are also subjected to a criminal background check and drug testing. Candidates for this position must have knowledge in the areas of nutrition and fitness and be aware of emotional issues that may arise. In some states, personal care attendants are required to pass a personal aide training program or nurse’s aide program. Prospective candidates are also required to be certified to provide first aid and CPR in the event of an emergency. He or she will also be required to have strong written and verbal skills in communicating with both the patient and the patient’s family.
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)
While not commonly seen, Personal Care Attendants who transition into an Emergency Room Registered Nurse position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Emergency Room Registered Nurses is $61K per year. Certified Nurse Assistants or Registered Nurses are common next-step roles for Personal Care Attendants moving up in their careers; annual pay for Certified Nurse Assistants is $2K higher on average, and it's $35K higher for Registered Nurses.
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Pay by Experience Level for Personal Care Attendant (PCA)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Personal Care Attendants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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 $22K. Personal Care Attendants bring in $22K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $23K.
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