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Personal Caregiver Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Personal Caregivers in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $10.40 per hour. Compensation ranges from $8.11 per hour on the lower end to $16.75 on the higher end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though the particular city and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Personal Caregivers. About a tenth enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and fewer than one in twenty get vision benefits. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$12,515 - $49,176
(Median)
$13K
$23K
$49K
MEDIAN: $23,372
10%
50%
90%

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$8.11 - $16.75
(Median)
$8
$10
$17
MEDIAN: $10
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$12,515 - $49,176  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $579  
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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$16,535 - $40,145  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.11 - $16.75  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $22.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $579  
   
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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$16,535 - $40,145  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 498

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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Medical Assistant. The latter position pays an average of $27K annually. Becoming a Caregiver or a Certified Nurse Assistant is often the next step for a Personal Caregiver.

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Personal Caregivers note just a narrow range of job skills. Those who have experience with Elder Care, Home Health/Home Care, and Home Care can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Home Care. Home Health/Home Care is a skill commonly found among those who know Elder Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Personal Caregiver

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


Personal Caregivers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $21K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $24K. Personal Caregivers see a median salary of $24K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Personal Caregivers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $27K.

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Experience Affects Personal Caregiver Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$22,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Personal Caregiver Salaries

Elder Care
0%

National Average
$22,000

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 2%

Home Care
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 11% dental benefits Dental: 8%
vision benefits Vision: 5% employee benefits None: 89%