Personal Caregiver Salary
Women comprise the majority of Personal Caregivers in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $10.79 per hour on average. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by tenure and the particular employer. About an eighth enjoy medical while less than one in ten get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to fewer than one in ten. For the most part, Personal Caregivers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$13,744 - $42,630|
|Bonus||$15.10 - $1,021|
|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).)
|$17,323 - $39,791|
|Hourly Rate||$8.67 - $15.66|
|Overtime||$10.14 - $26.75|
|Bonus||$15.10 - $1,021|
|Total Pay (||$17,323 - $39,791|
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 generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Fortunate workers who know CPR can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Home Care and Bathing. Those proficient in Elder Care are, more often than not, also skilled in Home Care.
Pay by Experience Level for Personal Caregiver
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Personal Caregivers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $21K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $24K. Personal Caregivers bring in $25K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $30K.
Pay Difference by Location
For those looking to make money, Personal Caregivers in Newport Beach enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 75 percent above the national average. Personal Caregivers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+45 percent), Charlotte (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+6 percent), and Atlanta (+3 percent). The lowest-paying market is Phoenix, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Workers in Houston and San Diego earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less).
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