Personal Caregiver Salary

Most Personal Caregivers in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $10.37 per hour. Pay ranges from $8.15 per hour on the low end to $16.22 on the high end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though the company and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Close to one-tenth receive medical and dental insurance and fewer than one in twenty get vision plans. Most Personal Caregivers report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$12,748 - $45,017
(Median)
$13K
$23K
$45K
MEDIAN: $23,041
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$8.15 - $16.22
(Median)
$8
$10
$16
MEDIAN: $10
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$12,748 - $45,017  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $496.65  
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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$16,519 - $38,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 106
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.15 - $16.22  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $21.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $496.65  
   
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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$16,519 - $38,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 526
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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

  • 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.
  • Maintain records of patient care, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Personal Caregiver


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Personal Caregivers who transition into a Medical Assistant role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $27K per year. It is not unusual for a Personal Caregiver to become a Caregiver or a Certified Nurse Assistant.

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Personal Caregivers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Cleaning command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Home Care. It is not unusual for someone who knows Elder Care to be familiar with Home Health/Home Care as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Personal Caregiver

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $21K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $24K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Personal Caregivers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $24K. Personal Caregivers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $27K.

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Experience Affects Personal Caregiver Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$22,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Personal Caregiver Salaries

Cleaning
up arrow 26%

Elder Care
0%

Home Health/Home Care
0%

National Average
$22,000

Home Care
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 11% dental benefits Dental: 7%
vision benefits Vision: 5% employee benefits None: 89%
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