Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salary

Personal Care Attendants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $10.12 per hour. Earnings sit near $7.96 per hour on the lower side but can approach $13.96 on the higher side. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Personal Care Attendants who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 90 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly less than one-fifth, and one in eight earn dental coverage. Most Personal Care Attendants report high levels of job satisfaction.

$14,377 - $40,963
(Median)
$14K
$24K
$41K
MEDIAN: $23,866
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50%
90%

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$7.96 - $13.96
(Median)
$8
$10
$14
MEDIAN: $10
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$14,377 - $40,963  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $205.42  
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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$16,580 - $30,929  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 29
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.96 - $13.96  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $19.62  
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 - $205.42  
   
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).
)
$16,580 - $30,929  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 551
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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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Though some Personal Care Attendants move into positions like Emergency Room Registered Nurse (where the average salary is $60K), this progression is not the norm. Personal Care Attendants most often move into positions as Registered Nurses or Certified Nurse Assistants; those groups report median salaries that are $34K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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Job skills reported by Personal Care Attendants are limited. Most notably, skills in CPR, Elder Care, Home Health/Home Care, and Assisted Living are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Assisted Living.

Pay by Experience Level for Personal Care Attendant (PCA)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


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 — $22K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $22K in this role. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $23K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Experienced
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National Average
$21,000


Skills That Affect Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salaries

CPR
up arrow 15%

Elder Care
0%

National Average
$21,000

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 1%

Assisted Living
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 19%
dental benefits
Dental: 12%
medical benefits
Vision: 9%
dental benefits
None: 80%
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