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.

$13,744 - $42,630
$14K
$24K
$43K
MEDIAN: $24,165
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$8.67 - $15.66
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MEDIAN: $10.79
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$13,744 - $42,630  
   
Bonus
$15.10 - $1,021  
Total Pay (?
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$17,323 - $39,791  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 71
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.67 - $15.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.67  
Overtime
$10.14 - $26.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
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).
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$17,323 - $39,791  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 385

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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 do not often transition into Registered Nurse roles. The role averages $56K per year. More often, however, Personal Caregivers go on to become Caregivers or Certified Nurse Assistants.

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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

National Average: $23,243

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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).

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
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Personal Caregiver Salaries

▲27%

▲6%

▲3%

National Average
$23,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Personal Caregiver Salaries

CPR
▲21%

Cleaning
▼0%

National Average
$23,000

▼1%


Bathing
▼6%

Home Care
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 13%
dental benefits
Dental: 7%
vision benefits
Vision: 6%
dental benefits
None: 86%
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