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Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salary

Personal Care Attendants in the United States take home an average $10.11 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $7.99 per hour, and the top verges on $13.63. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Personal Care Attendants far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. About a sixth claim medical and dental insurance and fewer than one in ten get vision coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$14,740 - $40,178
(Median)
$15K
$24K
$40K
MEDIAN: $24,147
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$7.99 - $13.63
(Median)
$8
$10
$14
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 - $199.56  
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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$16,660 - $30,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 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
$7.99 - $13.63  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.46  
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 - $199.56  
   
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).
)
$16,660 - $30,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 433
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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. Typical career progression for a Personal Care Attendant involves becoming a Registered Nurse or a Certified Nurse Assistant, roles that pay $34K more and $1K more on average.

Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Job Listings

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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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $21K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $21K. Personal Care Attendants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $22K. 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 $23K.

Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Advice

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Personal Care Attendant (PCA) in Nacogdoches:
"Job duties."
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"There is no job security, anywhere."
Keep your options open, always. Continue training, learning, and getting education.

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Experience Affects Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

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