Women make up the vast majority of Personal Caregivers in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $10.73 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the specific company. One in eight report receiving medical coverage from their employers and less than one in ten collect dental insurance. For the most part, Personal Caregivers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$13,470 - $41,406
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$13K
$23K
$41K
MEDIAN: $23,201
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$8.62 - $17.52
(Median)
$8
$11
$18
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$13,470 - $41,406  
   
Bonus
$509  
Total Pay (?
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$17,140 - $40,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 84
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.62 - $17.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.67  
Overtime
$10.07 - $25.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$509  
   
Total Pay (?
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$17,140 - $40,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 429
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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.

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There are some Personal Caregivers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Registered Nurses, where earnings are an average $56K annually. It is more probable, however, that Personal Caregivers become Caregivers or Certified Nurse Assistants.

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Personal Caregivers report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, facility with CPR and Cleaning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Those educated in Elder Care tend to be well versed in Home 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. The average inexperienced worker earns $21K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $24K. Personal Caregivers bring in $24K after working for 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the workforce, the average Personal Caregiver generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $28K.

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What is it like working as a Personal Caregiver at Self-Employed?

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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Experience Affects Personal Caregiver Salaries




National Average
$23,000


Skills That Affect Personal Caregiver Salaries

CPR
up arrow 22%


Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 1%

Elder Care
0%

National Average
$23,000

Home Care
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

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