The average rate for a Personal Support Worker (PSW) is $12.10 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Personal Support Worker (PSW) Total Pay (?
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$15,750 - $36,500
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MEDIAN: $27,100
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Personal Support Worker (PSW) Total Pay (?
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$8.29 - $20.16
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$15,750 - $36,500  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $302.01  
Total Pay (?
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$17,364 - $42,815  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 75
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.29 - $20.16  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $21.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $302.01  
   
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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$17,364 - $42,815  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 75
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Job Description for Personal Support Worker (PSW)
A personal support worker or PSW is responsible for a number of day to day tasks to assist medical professionals and facility staff with patients. A worker might spend time changing bed linens, washing and ironing patients' laundry, or straightening up the patients' quarters. The personal support worker is often asked to take vital signs by checking the patients' pulse, body temperature, and respiratory status. The worker will help to oversee patients in simple exercises recommended by doctors or in the use of braces, artificial limbs, and other equipment that assists with mobility; one would also assist clients getting in and out of beds, baths, vehicles, and wheelchairs as well as help with getting dressed and ready for the day. An employee in this position will often keep patients company, and converse with or read aloud to them to help promote their mental health and keep them alert. The support worker keeps records of patient care and progress, and reports any observed problems to a supervisor or the patient's case manager. A personal support worker assists patients in hospitals, nursing homes, or even those in private homes when such assistance is required by elderly or otherwise infirm individuals. A medical degree is not required for the position, but most workers hold certification in first aid and other non-doctorate areas in the field of health. Workers should have excellent manual dexterity and a high level of interpersonal communication skills. As the needs of patients vary, the schedule for a personal care worker can vary greatly and include evening or weekend hours.
Personal Support Worker (PSW) 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.

Experience Affects Personal Support Worker (PSW) Salaries

Experienced
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National Average
$26,000
Entry-Level
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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 14 votes.
Gender
Female
80%
female alumni
 
Male
20%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 45% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 54%
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