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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 $10.43 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.15 per hour to $16.85. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and experience level. Most Personal Caregivers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Around one in ten receive medical and dental insurance and less than five percent get vision plans. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$12,685 - $48,784
(Median)
$13K
$23K
$49K
MEDIAN: $23,390
10%
50%
90%

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$8.15 - $16.85
(Median)
$8
$10
$17
MEDIAN: $10
10%
50%
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$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$12,685 - $48,784  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $581  
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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$16,577 - $40,287  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.15 - $16.85  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $22.02  
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.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $581  
   
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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$16,577 - $40,287  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 504

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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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As Personal Caregivers transition into upper-level roles such as Medical Assistant, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Medical Assistants earn $27K on average 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. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Home Care. Elder Care and Home Health/Home Care are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Personal Caregiver

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


For Personal Caregivers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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. Personal Caregivers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $24K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $27K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Personal Caregiver Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Personal Caregiver Salaries

Elder Care
0%

National Average
$23,000

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
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

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