Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salary
Earnings for Personal Care Attendants in the United States come in at around $10.13 per hour on average. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Work is enjoyable for Personal Care Attendants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to just under a fourth, and around one in eight earn dental coverage. Women make up the vast majority of Personal Care Attendants (88 percent) who answered the questionnaire.
|Salary||$14,131 - $49,176|
|Total Pay (||$16,742 - $31,532|
|Hourly Rate||$8.04 - $14.54|
|Overtime||$6.88 - $18.77|
|Total Pay (||$16,742 - $31,532|
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
- Administer bedside and personal care, such as ambulation and personal hygiene assistance.
- Train family members to provide bedside care.
- Transport clients to locations outside the home, such as to physicians' offices or on outings.
- 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.
Common Career Paths for Personal Care Attendant (PCA)
Personal Care Attendants sometimes assume positions such as Emergency Room Registered Nurses. That role pays $61K per year on average. 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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Personal Care Attendant (PCA)
Salaries are easily beat at Girling Health Care, Inc., where median pay comes to just $17K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $16K and ending at $22K, range in salary is rather small.
Pay by Experience Level for Personal Care Attendant (PCA)
Pay by Experience for a Personal Care Attendant (PCA) has a positive trend. An entry-level Personal Care Attendant (PCA) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 395 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Personal Care Attendant (PCA) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 195 salaries. An experienced Personal Care Attendant (PCA) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 126 salaries. A Personal Care Attendant (PCA) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 45 salaries.
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