Resident Care Aide Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Resident Care Aides in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $9.79 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.12 per hour and $12.03. For the most part, Resident Care Aides enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Slightly less than a third enjoy medical while close to one-fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one in eight. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$11,745 - $35,745
(Median)
$12K
$24K
$36K
MEDIAN: $23,728
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90%

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$8.12 - $12.03
(Median)
$8
$9
$12
MEDIAN: $9.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$11,745 - $35,745  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $206.08  
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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$16,760 - $26,719  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$8.12 - $12.03  
   
Overtime
$8.94 - $16.38  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $206.08  
   
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).
)
$16,760 - $26,719  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 146
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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 transition into an upper level Certified Nurse Assistant position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Certified Nurse Assistant makes $23K a year.

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Resident Care Aides who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Those who have experience with Home Health/Home Care, Elder Care, and Long Term Care can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $20K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $21K. Resident Care Aides bring in $21K after working for 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the workforce, the average Resident Care Aide generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $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 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

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 9%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 30% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 69%
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