Resident Care Aide Salary

Women comprise the majority of Resident Care Aides in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $9.81 per hour on average. Compensation ranges between $8.14 per hour and $12.03. Roughly a third enjoy medical while just over a fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-seventh. Most Resident Care Aides like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$16,187 - $36,065
(Median)
$16K
$24K
$36K
MEDIAN: $24,170
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90%

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$8.14 - $12.03
(Median)
$8
$9
$12
MEDIAN: $9.00
10%
50%
90%

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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 - $26,621  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$8.14 - $12.03  
   
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 - $26,621  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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 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 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. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.


Resident Care Aides with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $20K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $21K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $22K. As Resident Care Aides reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $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 4%

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 10%

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
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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