Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salary

Earnings for Personal Care Attendants in the United States come in at around $10.13 per hour on average. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and the specific company are driving factors as well. Roughly a fifth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and around one in eight collect dental insurance. Women account for the majority of Personal Care Attendants who took the survey — 88 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction for Personal Care Attendants is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$14,257 - $48,949
$14K
$24K
$49K
MEDIAN: $24,417
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$8.04 - $14.52
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MEDIAN: $10.13
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$14,257 - $48,949  
   
Bonus
$760  
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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$16,758 - $31,763  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.04 - $14.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.80  
Overtime
$6.70 - $19.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$760  
   
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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$16,758 - $31,763  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 600
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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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There are some Personal Care Attendants — though it's uncommon — that transition into Emergency Room Registered Nurses, where earnings are an average $61K annually. 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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Popular Employer Salaries for Personal Care Attendant (PCA)


Employees at Girling Health Care, Inc. take home the smallest paychecks, and $17K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $16K and quickly nearing the top at only $22K.

Pay by Experience Level for Personal Care Attendant (PCA)

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


For many Personal Care Attendants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $21K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $22K. On average, Personal Care Attendants make $23K following one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $25K.

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
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salaries

▲19%

▲6%

▲2%

National Average
$21,000

▼2%

Skills That Affect Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salaries

CPR
▲14%

Long Term Care
▲7%

Cleaning
▲3%

Home Care
▲2%

Elder Care
▼0%

National Average
$21,000


Assisted Living
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 20%
dental benefits
Dental: 12%
vision benefits
Vision: 10%
dental benefits
None: 78%
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