Personal Caregiver Salary

Most Personal Caregivers in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $10.41 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $8.25 per hour, and the top verges on $17.74. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and experience level are driving factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. One in eight report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and fewer than one in twenty collect vision insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$12,301 - $43,455
(Median)
$12K
$23K
$43K
MEDIAN: $23,192
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$8.25 - $17.74
(Median)
$8
$10
$18
MEDIAN: $10
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$12,301 - $43,455  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $588  
Profit Sharing
$100.00  
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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$16,612 - $40,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 120
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.25 - $17.74  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.34  
Overtime
$0.00 - $22.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $588  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.00  
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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$16,612 - $40,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 597
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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 Registered Nurse role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $55K per year. Becoming a Caregiver or a Certified Nurse Assistant is a common transition from a Personal Caregiver role.

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Popular Skills for Personal Caregiver


Job skills reported by Personal Caregivers are limited. Most notably, skills in Cleaning, Home Health/Home Care, Elder Care, and Home Care are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Home Care. Most people skilled in Elder Care are similarly competent in Home Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Personal Caregiver

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


Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $21K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $24K. Personal Caregivers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $24K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $27K.

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Experience Affects Personal Caregiver Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$22,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Personal Caregiver Salaries

Cleaning
up arrow 7%

Home Health/Home Care
0%

National Average
$22,000

Elder Care
up arrow 1%

Home Care
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 12%
dental benefits
Dental: 7%
medical benefits
Vision: 5%
dental benefits
None: 88%
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