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.

$13,437 - $48,949
$13K
$20K
$49K
MEDIAN: $20,495
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$8.05 - $14.49
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$13,437 - $48,949  
   
Bonus
$520  
Total Pay (?
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$16,747 - $31,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.05 - $14.49  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.80  
Overtime
$7.03 - $19.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$520  
   
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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$16,747 - $31,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 608

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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

  • 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)


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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 $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.

Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Personal Care Attendant (PCA)?

Personal Care Attendant (PCA) in Kalispell:
"Demanding."
Pros: I enjoy being able to help people do things most do on their own. To make their lives a little more normal.
Cons: Physically demanding. Emotionally demanding. Keeps me there late at night. Puts me in a place where its up to me to keep them safe and even saving their lives on occasion.

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Key Stats for Personal Care Attendant (PCA)

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$21,000


Skills That Affect Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salaries

CPR
up arrow 15%

Long Term Care
up arrow 8%

Cleaning
up arrow 5%

Elder Care
0%

National Average
$21,000


Assisted Living
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 20%
dental benefits
Dental: 12%
vision benefits
Vision: 9%
dental benefits
None: 79%
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