Personal Caregiver Salary

Women account for the majority of Personal Caregivers in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $10.80 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the specific company. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Around one in eight report receiving medical coverage from their employers and less than one-tenth collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$13,639 - $42,187
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MEDIAN: $24,147
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$8.67 - $15.92
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$13,639 - $42,187  
   
Bonus
$15.10 - $1,021  
Total Pay (?
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$17,378 - $39,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 68
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.67 - $15.92  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.67  
Overtime
$10.89 - $26.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$15.10 - $1,021  
   
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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$17,378 - $39,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 395

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Job Description for Personal Caregiver

A personal caregiver works in a home to administer care to patients who are elderly or disabled. The scope of the work depends largely on the patients’ needs; in some cases, the personal caregiver may feed, bathe, and change the patient, or simply make sure he/she receives nutrition and prescribed medication and participates in social/community activities. Those in this position may also act as liaisons between a patient and health care providers, such as doctors, and must effectively communicate any changes in a patient’s condition to these doctors.

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Personal Caregiver Tasks

  • Change bed linens, wash and iron patients' laundry, and clean patients' quarters.
  • Entertain, converse with, or read aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert.
  • Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.
  • Check patients' pulse, temperature and respiration.
  • Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs or automobiles, and with dressing and grooming.

Common Career Paths for Personal Caregiver


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Personal Caregivers sometimes assume positions such as Registered Nurses. That role pays $56K per year on average. Moving from a Personal Caregiver to Caregiver or Certified Nurse Assistant is a more common career path, however.

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Popular Skills for Personal Caregiver


Personal Caregivers report using a wide range of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know CPR command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Home Care and Bathing. Those proficient in Elder Care are, more often than not, also skilled in Home Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Personal Caregiver

Pay by Experience for a Personal Caregiver has a positive trend. An entry-level Personal Caregiver with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 209 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Personal Caregiver with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 147 salaries. An experienced Personal Caregiver which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 151 salaries. A Personal Caregiver with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 64 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $23,284

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Personal Caregivers in Newport Beach enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 74 percent above the national average. Personal Caregivers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+44 percent), Charlotte (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+5 percent), and Atlanta (+3 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Phoenix. Workers in Houston and San Diego earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less).

Personal Caregiver Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Personal Caregiver?

Personal Caregiver in Fort Worth:
"See the Smiles on the patients faces and family."
Pros: Seeing family and their love ones happy and that I do care about their loved one..i am a happy person and can make the family laugh and smile on the way I work..
Cons: Seeing that we don't live for ever.......and the patient gets worse and we know where it goes from there and it hard on the family..I want my patient to remember how it is living now and wonderful place where we are going and make the family comfortable when the time comes..

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Key Stats for Personal Caregiver

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Personal Caregiver Salaries

▲27%

▲6%

▲2%

National Average
$23,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Personal Caregiver Salaries

CPR
▲21%

Cleaning
▼0%

National Average
$23,000

▼1%


Bathing
▼6%

Home Care
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 13%
dental benefits
Dental: 7%
vision benefits
Vision: 5%
no benefits
None: 86%
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