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Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salary

Personal Care Attendants in the United States take home approximately $10.08 per hour on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $7.98 per hour, and the top verges on $13.50. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 88 percent of Personal Care Attendants are female. About one in six receive medical and dental insurance and less than one-tenth get vision insurance. Most Personal Care Attendants like their work and job satisfaction is high.

$14,740 - $40,178
(Median)
$15K
$24K
$40K
MEDIAN: $24,147
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$7.98 - $13.50
(Median)
$8
$10
$13
MEDIAN: $10
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$14,740 - $40,178  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $195.18  
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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$16,640 - $30,017  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.98 - $13.50  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.41  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $195.18  
   
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).
)
$16,640 - $30,017  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 427

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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 $60K per year on average. Personal Care Attendants typically move into roles as Registered Nurses or Certified Nurse Assistants, and those positions pay $34K more and $2K more, respectively.

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Personal Care Attendants who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. 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 many Personal Care Attendants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $21K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $21K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $22K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $23K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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"Job duties."
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Experience Affects Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 1%

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
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 16% dental benefits Dental: 12%
vision benefits Vision: 8% employee benefits None: 82%
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