Personal Caregivers in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $10.80 per hour for pay. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Roughly a seventh report receiving medical coverage from their employers and less than 10 percent collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$13,890 - $42,033
$14K
$24K
$42K
MEDIAN: $23,660
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$8.67 - $16.04
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$11
$16
MEDIAN: $10.80
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$13,890 - $42,033  
   
Bonus
$491.32  
Total Pay (?
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$17,345 - $39,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 79
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.67 - $16.04  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.67  
Overtime
$10.14 - $25.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$491.32  
   
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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$17,345 - $39,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 414

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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

  • 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.
  • Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.
  • 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.

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Personal Caregivers sometimes assume positions such as Registered Nurses. That role pays $56K per year on average. However, becoming a Caregiver or Certified Nurse Assistant is a more frequent transition for Personal Caregivers.

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Popular Skills for Personal Caregiver


Personal Caregivers only report a few specific skills. Fortunate workers who know CPR command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Home Care. Those familiar with Elder Care also tend to know 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $21K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $24K. Personal Caregivers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $24K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $30K.

Personal Caregiver Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Personal Caregiver?

Personal Caregiver in Fort Worth:
"See the Smiles on the patients faces and family."
Pros: Seeing family and their love ones happy and that I do care about their loved one..i am a happy person and can make the family laugh and smile on the way I work..
Cons: Seeing that we don't live for ever.......and the patient gets worse and we know where it goes from there and it hard on the family..I want my patient to remember how it is living now and wonderful place where we are going and make the family comfortable when the time comes..

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Key Stats for Personal Caregiver

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
032
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Personal Caregiver Salaries




National Average
$23,000


Skills That Affect Personal Caregiver Salaries

CPR
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Home Health/Home Care
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National Average
$23,000


Home Care
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 14%
dental benefits
Dental: 6%
vision benefits
Vision: 5%
dental benefits
None: 85%
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