Resident Care Aide Salary

Women account for the majority of Resident Care Aides in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $9.84 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $8.23 per hour, and the top verges on $12.24. Just under a third get medical and dental insurance, and nearly one in seven get vision plans, too. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to 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

  • 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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For Resident Care Aides, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Resident Care Aides earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Certified Nurse Assistant.

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Resident Care Aides who responded to the survey report just a handful of 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Long Term Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Resident Care Aide

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


For many Resident Care Aides, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $21K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $21K. For Resident Care Aides, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $21K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $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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