Senior Caregiver Salary

Senior Caregivers in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $10.26 per hour for pay. Earnings generally vary between $8.27 per hour and $16.33. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. The majority of Senior Caregivers claim high levels of job satisfaction. About an eighth receive medical and dental insurance and less than 10 percent get vision insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$12,228 - $49,447

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$8.27 - $16.33

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$12,228 - $49,447  
   
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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$17,062 - $37,515  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.27 - $16.33  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $20.35  
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$14K$28K$42K
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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$17,062 - $37,515  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 424
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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.

Common Career Paths for Senior Caregiver


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As Senior Caregivers transition into upper-level roles like Certified Nurse Assistants, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Certified Nurse Assistants earn the same amount as Senior Caregivers on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Caregiver


Home Instead Senior Home Care doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $19K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $26K and scope of pay is rather limited.


Senior Caregivers report a focused set of job skills. Elder Care and Home Care are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Experience with Elder Care is often linked with knowledge of Home Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Caregiver

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $21K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $25K. For Senior Caregivers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $26K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $25K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Senior Caregiver Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$22,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Senior Caregiver Salaries

Elder Care
up arrow 3%

National Average
$22,000

Home Care
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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
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 12% dental benefits Dental: 9%
vision benefits Vision: 7% employee benefits None: 87%
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