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 $10.43 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Work is enjoyable for Senior Caregivers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. One in ten report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and less than 10 percent collect vision insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$12,000 - $50,126
$12K
$24K
$50K
MEDIAN: $24,487
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$8.61 - $16.84
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$17
MEDIAN: $10.43
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$12,000 - $50,126  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$17,293 - $40,092  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.61 - $16.84  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$13.10 - $22.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
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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$17,293 - $40,092  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 390

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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

  • 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.
  • Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Senior Caregiver


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As Senior Caregivers make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Live-In Caregiver position pays around the same amount as the Senior Caregiver job on average. A more common career path for Senior Caregivers is stepping into the role of Caregiver or Certified Nurse Assistant.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Caregiver


Senior Caregivers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Visiting Angels, Inc., where the average salary comes to $23K.

Employees at Home Instead Senior Home Care take home the smallest paychecks, and $19K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $16K and quickly nearing the top at only $24K.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Caregiver

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Caregivers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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 earn a higher $24K on average. Senior Caregivers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $24K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $29K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Key Stats for Senior Caregiver

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Senior Caregiver Salaries

Late-Career
▲28%

Experienced
▲9%

Mid-Career
▲7%

National Average
$22,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Senior Caregiver Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
▲21%

▲1%

Elder Care
▼0%

National Average
$22,000

Cleaning
▼1%

cooking
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 11%
dental benefits
Dental: 8%
vision benefits
Vision: 7%
dental benefits
None: 87%
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