Senior Caregiver Salary

Most Senior Caregivers in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $10.25 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $8.26 per hour, and the top verges on $16.70. Career duration and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. In this profession, around one in eight enjoy medical and dental coverage, and less than one-tenth have vision insurance, as well. Job satisfaction for Senior Caregivers is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$12,215 - $49,445
(Median)
$12K
$27K
$49K
MEDIAN: $27,152
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$8.26 - $16.70
(Median)
$8
$10
$17
MEDIAN: $10
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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 - $505  
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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$17,061 - $37,975  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.26 - $16.70  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $22.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $505  
   
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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$17,061 - $37,975  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 426
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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 make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Certified Nurse Assistant position pays around the same amount as the Senior Caregiver job on average.

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Home Instead Senior Home Care offers the least pay with a median salary of $19K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $25K.


Senior Caregivers report a narrow range of specific skills. Elder Care and Home Care are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Competency in Elder Care frequently indicates knowledge of Home Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Caregiver

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


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $21K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $25K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $26K in this role. Senior Caregivers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $25K.

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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

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Skills That Affect Senior Caregiver Salaries


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
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: 86%
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