Resident Care Aide Salary

Women account for the majority of Resident Care Aides in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $9.79 per hour. Pay ranges from $8.14 per hour on the low end to $11.97 on the high end. Work is enjoyable for Resident Care Aides, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to close to one-third, and between a fifth and a fourth earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$16,187 - $36,065

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$8.14 - $11.97

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$16,187 - $36,065  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $250.00  
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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$16,930 - $26,303  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$8.14 - $11.97  
   
Overtime
$9.00 - $16.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $250.00  
   
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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$16,930 - $26,303  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 150
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Job Description for Resident Care Aide

  • Maintain records of patient care, condition, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
  • Transport clients to locations outside the home, such as to physicians' offices or on outings, using a motor vehicle.
  • Monitor food and liquid intake and vital signs.
  • Change bed linens, wash and iron patients' laundry, and clean patients' quarters.
  • Perform a variety of duties as requested by client, such as obtaining household supplies or running errands.

Common Career Paths for Resident Care Aide


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Resident Care Aides who go on to become Certified Nurse Assistants may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Certified Nurse Assistant, an upper-level role, pays $23K.

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Survey takers who work as Resident Care Aides report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Home Health/Home Care, Elder Care, and Long Term Care can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Long Term Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Resident Care Aide

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


For Resident Care Aides, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $20K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $21K on average. On average, Resident Care Aides make $21K following one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $23K.

Resident Care Aide Reviews

What is it like working as a Resident Care Aide?

Resident Care Aide in Nashua:
"Working As A Guardian."
Pros: Having fun with the clients and bringing them to do things in the community. Also, there are almost always shifts available to pick up.
Cons: Employee incompetence is a big problem. Also restraining clients is very stressful physically, and other clients are very mentally exhausting to work with at times.

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Experience Affects Resident Care Aide Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Resident Care Aide Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 13%

National Average
$21,000

Elder Care
up arrow 2%

Long Term Care
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 32% dental benefits Dental: 23%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 66%
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