An average Residential Caregiver in the United States can expect to take home roughly $10.58 per hour. Female Residential Caregivers make up most of the survey respondents at 79 percent. Most Residential Caregivers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, a little over a half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by just over two-fifths and dental insurance is reported by nearly two in five. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$17,978 - $61,072
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$61K
MEDIAN: $26,919
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$8.78 - $14.45
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$17,978 - $61,072  
   
Total Pay (?
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$18,548 - $32,830  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.78 - $14.45  
   
Overtime
$9.50 - $22.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Total Pay (?
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$18,548 - $32,830  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 125
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Job Description for Residential Caregiver

Residential caregivers assist elderly and disabled patients with daily living. This is often a live-in position, so these caregivers may be expected to be available around-the-clock to provide assistance whenever necessary; some may even work up to 12 hours per day, though they usually have one or two days off per week. In these cases, they may be relieved by other caregivers who can assist patients.

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Residential Caregiver 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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Pay by Experience Level for Residential Caregiver

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


For Residential Caregivers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $22K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $23K on average. Residential Caregivers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $25K. Residential Caregivers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Residential Caregiver Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 44%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
medical benefits
Vision: 25%
dental benefits
None: 54%
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