Most Resident Care Aides in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $10.01 per hour. Though the majority of Resident Care Aides do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Although more than a third have medical coverage and slightly less than a third have dental coverage, a majority claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$15,015 - $30,000
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$19K
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MEDIAN: $19,200
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$8.69 - $12.72
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$13
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$10K$20K$30K
Salary
$19,200  
   
Bonus
$2,550  
Total Pay (?
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$17,945 - $28,320  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 7
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$8.69 - $12.72  
   
Overtime
$4.00 - $16.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$2,550  
   
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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$17,945 - $28,320  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 144
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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

  • 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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Resident Care Aides' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Certified Nurse Assistant. Median pay for Certified Nurse Assistants is $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.


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $21K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience report earning less ($21K) on average. Resident Care Aides claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $22K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $27K.

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
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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
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Long Term Care
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Elder Care
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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
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 37%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
medical benefits
Vision: 23%
dental benefits
None: 63%
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