Personal Caregiver Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Personal Caregivers in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $10.37 per hour. Pay generally varies between $8.18 per hour and $16.82. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Most Personal Caregivers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to around one in ten, and less than five percent earn vision coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$12,578 - $43,987

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$8.18 - $16.82

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$12,578 - $43,987  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $503  
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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$16,566 - $39,198  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 104
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.18 - $16.82  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $21.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $503  
   
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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$16,566 - $39,198  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 533
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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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For Personal Caregivers, progressing to a Medical Assistant role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Medical Assistant can earn $27K annually. A Personal Caregiver often moves on to become a Caregiver or a Certified Nurse Assistant.

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Personal Caregivers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Cleaning can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Home Care. Home Health/Home Care is a skill commonly found among those who know Elder Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Personal Caregiver

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


For Personal Caregivers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $21K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $24K. For Personal Caregivers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $24K. 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 $27K.

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Experience Affects Personal Caregiver Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

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 79 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

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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