Senior Caregiver Salary

The larger portion of Senior Caregivers in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $10.27 per hour. Pay generally varies between $8.26 per hour and $16.64. Career length and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. In this profession, approximately one-eighth enjoy medical and dental coverage, and less than one-tenth have vision insurance, as well. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$12,215 - $49,445
(Median)
$12K
$27K
$49K
MEDIAN: $27,152
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50%
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$8.26 - $16.64
(Median)
$8
$10
$17
MEDIAN: $10
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$12,215 - $49,445  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $506  
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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$17,042 - $37,865  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.26 - $16.64  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $22.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $506  
   
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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$17,042 - $37,865  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 420
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Job Description for Senior Caregiver

A senior caregiver generally works in a senior living facility or the home of a patient, taking care of the older adults under their supervision. Duties may include helping administer medicine, offering companionship, and cooking, as well as performing housekeeping and laundry duties. The senior caregiver may run errands and perform personal hygiene care as well. Good interpersonal skills are necessary in this position, as the caregiver is often expected to perform duties such as reading aloud and carrying on conversations with the seniors under their care. They must encourage seniors to take care of themselves both mentally and physically.

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Senior Caregiver Tasks

  • Check patients' pulse, temperature and respiration.
  • Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs or automobiles, and with dressing and grooming.
  • Maintain records of patient care, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
  • Change bed linens, wash and iron patients' laundry, and clean patients' quarters.
  • Entertain, converse with, or read aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert.

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Senior Caregivers' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Certified Nurse Assistant. On average, Certified Nurse Assistants get paid about the same as Senior Caregivers do.

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Salaries are easily beat at Home Instead Senior Home Care, where median pay comes to just $19K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $16K and ending at $26K, range in salary is rather small.


Senior Caregivers usually report a few specific skills. Elder Care and Home Care are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Those with knowledge of Elder Care tend to be skilled in Home Care as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Caregiver

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $21K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $25K. Senior Caregivers bring in $26K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $25K.

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Experience Affects Senior Caregiver Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$22,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Senior Caregiver Salaries

Elder Care
up arrow 4%

National Average
$22,000

Home Care
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 13% dental benefits Dental: 9%
vision benefits Vision: 7% employee benefits None: 87%
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