Most Personal Care Attendants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $10.10 per hour. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Slightly less than a fifth enjoy medical while close to a tenth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than one in ten. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Personal Care Attendants.

$13,387 - $49,176
(Median)
$13K
$20K
$49K
MEDIAN: $20,239
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50%
90%

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$8.03 - $14.55
(Median)
$8
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$13,387 - $49,176  
   
Bonus
$760  
Total Pay (?
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$16,717 - $31,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.03 - $14.55  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.80  
Overtime
$7.03 - $19.11  
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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$16,717 - $31,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 581
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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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Personal Care Attendants sometimes assume positions such as Emergency Room Registered Nurses. That role pays $61K per year on average. 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $21K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $22K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Personal Care Attendants make a median salary of $22K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Personal Care Attendants with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $24K.

Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Reviews

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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Experience Affects Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$21,000


Skills That Affect Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salaries

CPR
up arrow 15%

Cleaning
up arrow 5%

Elder Care
0%

National Average
$21,000

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 1%

Assisted Living
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 19%
dental benefits
Dental: 10%
medical benefits
Vision: 9%
dental benefits
None: 81%
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