Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salary

Median pay for Personal Care Attendants in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $10.10 per hour. Pay ranges from $7.99 per hour on the low end to $13.46 on the high end. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. There are far more female Personal Care Attendants who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 88 percent. Work is enjoyable for Personal Care Attendants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Approximately one-sixth claim medical and dental insurance and less than one in ten get vision coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14,796 - $41,084
(Median)
$15K
$24K
$41K
MEDIAN: $24,243
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$7.99 - $13.46
(Median)
$8
$10
$13
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$14,796 - $41,084  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $200.00  
Total Pay (?
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$16,669 - $29,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.99 - $13.46  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $200.00  
   
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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$16,669 - $29,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 450
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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.

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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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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 $60K per year. The most common next step for a Personal Care Attendant is to become a Registered Nurse or a Certified Nurse Assistant. The former position pays an additional $34K per year on average, and the latter position pays $1K more per year.

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Personal Care Attendants typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $21K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $21K on average. Personal Care Attendants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $22K. Personal Care Attendants who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $24K.

Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Advice

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"There is no job security, anywhere."
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Experience Affects Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$21,000

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Skills That Affect Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salaries

CPR
up arrow 15%

Home Health/Home Care
0%

National Average
$21,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 16% dental benefits Dental: 11%
vision benefits Vision: 9% employee benefits None: 83%
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