Resident Care Aide Salary

The larger portion of Resident Care Aides in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $9.84 per hour. Earnings sit near $8.23 per hour on the lower side but can approach $12.24 on the higher side. In this profession, just under one in three enjoy medical and dental coverage, and one-seventh have vision insurance, as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$14,753 - $34,122
(Median)
$15K
$24K
$34K
MEDIAN: $23,797
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$8.23 - $12.24
(Median)
$8
$9
$12
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$14,753 - $34,122  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $195.74  
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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$17,030 - $27,261  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$8.23 - $12.24  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$9.00 - $15.86  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $195.74  
   
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).
)
$17,030 - $27,261  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 190
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Job Description for Resident Care Aide

Resident care aides (RCAs) work in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and similar long-term care facilities. They work daily with residents and patients to assist them in a variety of tasks, from administering medication to simply speaking with residents to assess conditions and the efficiency of treatments. In many care facilities, RCAs also serve as orderlies or nursing aides and assist residents with daily cleanup and care functions.

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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.

Common Career Paths for Resident Care Aide


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Many Resident Care Aides move into a Certified Nurse Assistant role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Certified Nurse Assistants on average bring in a similar salary to Resident Care Aides.

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Survey results show that Resident Care Aides typically report just a few professional 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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $21K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $21K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $21K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $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 12%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Resident Care Aide Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 13%

Elder Care
0%

National Average
$21,000

Long Term Care
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 28%
dental benefits
Dental: 23%
medical benefits
Vision: 15%
dental benefits
None: 70%
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