Personal Caregiver Salary
Women make up the vast majority of Personal Caregivers in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $10.73 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the specific company. One in eight report receiving medical coverage from their employers and less than one in ten collect dental insurance. For the most part, Personal Caregivers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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.Read More...
The job may involve transporting a patient to various places, so a valid driver’s license is often required. Personal caregivers may work for a company or directly for their client, and may work around-the-clock to aid them whenever needed. Housekeeping duties such as cleaning, doing laundry, washing dishes, and maintaining a hazard-free environment are also important. There may be minimum physical requirements, as these individuals may have to lift or lend physical support to a patient, and the work may involve extensive walking, bending, and climbing stairs.
Personal caregivers may work on a team with other caregivers in order to alternate shifts, so the ability to work well with others is essential. This position often requires both experience and CPR certification. Many part-time and full-time positions are available.
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.
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Popular Skills for Personal Caregiver
Personal Caregivers report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, facility with CPR and Cleaning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Those educated in Elder Care tend to be well versed in Home Care.
Pay by Experience Level for Personal Caregiver
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Personal Caregivers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $21K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $24K. Personal Caregivers bring in $24K after working for 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the workforce, the average Personal Caregiver generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $28K.