Women make up the vast majority of Resident Care Aides in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $10.02 per hour. Although more than a third have medical coverage and slightly less than a third have dental coverage, more than half claim no health benefits at all. Most Resident Care Aides are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$14,844 - $30,521
$22K
MEDIAN: $21,600
50%

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$8.73 - $12.77
$8
$10
$13
MEDIAN: $10
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$21,600  
   
Bonus
$2,550  
Total Pay (?
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$18,136 - $28,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$8.73 - $12.77  
   
Overtime
$4.03 - $16.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$2,550  
   
Total Pay (?
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$18,136 - $28,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 149

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Job Description for Resident Care Aide

Resident care aides work primarily in nursing centers which care for hospice patients, dementia patients, and senior residents. They typically assist residents with daily living activities, such as feeding, dressing, showering, and grooming, and they must ensure that living areas are clean and fluid/liquid intakes are monitored at all times. As directed, they may also record vital signs such as blood pressure and body temperature, administer medication, or remind residents to take medication in a timely manner.

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Resident Care Aide Tasks

  • 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.
  • Monitor food and liquid intake and vital signs.
  • 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.

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Resident Care Aide

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


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $21K on average. It is reported that median compensation in the five-to-10 year group declines to approximately $21K. Resident Care Aides who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $22K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $27K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Resident Care Aide Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Resident Care Aide

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Resident Care Aide Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$21,000

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Resident Care Aide Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 11%

Elder Care
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Long Term Care
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Assisted Living
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National Average
$21,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 38%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
vision benefits
Vision: 25%
dental benefits
None: 62%
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