Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salary

Pay for Personal Care Attendants in the United States sits in the ballpark of $10.11 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $8.02 per hour, and the top verges on $13.53. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to nearly one in six, and less than one in ten earn vision coverage. Female Personal Care Attendants far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Personal Care Attendants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$14,796 - $41,084

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$8.02 - $13.53

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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 (?
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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$16,730 - $30,095  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.02 - $13.53  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.46  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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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$16,730 - $30,095  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 461
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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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There are some Personal Care Attendants — though it's uncommon — that transition into Emergency Room Registered Nurses, where earnings are an average $60K annually. Personal Care Attendants typically move into roles as Registered Nurses or Certified Nurse Assistants, and those positions pay $34K more and $1K more, respectively.

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Personal Care Attendants who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that 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.


For Personal Care Attendants, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $21K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $21K. Personal Care Attendants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $22K. As Personal Care Attendants reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $24K.

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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

Entry-Level
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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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