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Resident Care Aide Salary

For Resident Care Aides, hourly average wages total $9.77 per hour. Earnings sit near $8.04 per hour on the lower side but can approach $11.93 on the higher side. Female Resident Care Aides far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Most Resident Care Aides like their work and job satisfaction is high. Just under a third enjoy medical while slightly less than a fourth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one in six. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$11,920 - $40,268
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MEDIAN: $24,351
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$8.04 - $11.93
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$11,920 - $40,268  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $297.99  
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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$16,736 - $28,640  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 18
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$8.04 - $11.93  
   
Overtime
$9.27 - $17.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $297.99  
   
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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$16,736 - $28,640  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 132
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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.

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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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $20K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $21K. Resident Care Aides with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $22K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Resident Care Aide with more than 20 years of experience can earn $23K on average.

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 13%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 29% dental benefits Dental: 23%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 68%