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Personal Caregiver Salary

Women comprise the majority of Personal Caregivers in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $10.37 per hour on average. Pay ranges from $8.06 per hour on the low end to $15.80 on the high end. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by career duration and geography. Approximately one in ten have medical and dental plans, and less than one in ten have vision insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$13,321 - $53,107
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MEDIAN: $23,732
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$8.06 - $15.80
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$13,321 - $53,107  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $873  
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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$16,503 - $38,619  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 96
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.06 - $15.80  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.24 - $4.23  
Overtime
$0.00 - $22.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $873  
   
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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$16,503 - $38,619  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 481
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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 an upper level Medical Assistant role may receive a large increase in pay as the position pays an average $27K per year. Becoming a Caregiver or a Certified Nurse Assistant is a common transition from a Personal Caregiver role.

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Personal Caregivers only report a few specific 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 and Home Health/Home Care. Experience with Elder Care is often linked with knowledge of Home Health/Home Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Personal Caregiver

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


Personal Caregivers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $21K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $24K. Personal Caregivers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $25K. 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 $27K.

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Experience Affects Personal Caregiver Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$22,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Personal Caregiver Salaries

National Average
$22,000

Elder Care
up arrow 1%

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 3%

Home Care
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 11% dental benefits Dental: 9%
vision benefits Vision: 5% employee benefits None: 88%