Personal Caregiver Salary

Women comprise the majority of Personal Caregivers in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $10.36 per hour on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $8.16 per hour, and the top verges on $16.22. While the specific employer and experience level impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Most Personal Caregivers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to nearly one in ten, and less than five percent earn vision coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$12,748 - $45,017
(Median)
$13K
$23K
$45K
MEDIAN: $23,041
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$8.16 - $16.22
(Median)
$8
$10
$16
MEDIAN: $10
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$12,748 - $45,017  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $500  
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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$16,543 - $38,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 106
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.16 - $16.22  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $21.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $500  
   
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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$16,543 - $38,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 526
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Medical Assistant, where median compensation is $27K annually. It is not uncommon for a Personal Caregiver to continue on to become a Caregiver or a Certified Nurse Assistant.

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Job skills reported by Personal Caregivers are limited. Fortunate workers who know Cleaning can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Home Care. Many workers who know Elder Care also know Home Health/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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $21K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $24K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Personal Caregivers make a median salary of $24K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Personal Caregiver with more than 20 years of experience can earn $27K on average.

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Experience Affects Personal Caregiver Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$22,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Personal Caregiver Salaries

Cleaning
up arrow 26%

Elder Care
0%

National Average
$22,000

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 1%

Home Care
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 11% dental benefits Dental: 7%
vision benefits Vision: 5% employee benefits None: 89%
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