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Senior Caregiver Salary

Most Senior Caregivers in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $10.24 per hour. Pay generally varies between $8.20 per hour and $16.08. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. About a seventh receive medical and dental insurance and less than one in ten get vision insurance. Job satisfaction for Senior Caregivers is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$12,242 - $48,756
(Median)
$12K
$25K
$49K
MEDIAN: $25,070
10%
50%
90%

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$8.20 - $16.08
(Median)
$8
$10
$16
MEDIAN: $10
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$12,242 - $48,756  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $519  
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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$16,918 - $36,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 59
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.20 - $16.08  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $21.86  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $519  
   
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).
)
$16,918 - $36,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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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Senior Caregivers tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Certified Nurse Assistant. The two jobs pay about the same on average.

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Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $16K to just $26K — but Home Instead Senior Home Care offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $19K.


Senior Caregivers report a narrow range of specific skills. Elder Care and Home Care are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Elder Care and Home Care are also commonly seen together.

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 $24K. Senior Caregivers see a median salary of $25K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Senior Caregiver Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$22,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

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 56 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 14% dental benefits Dental: 10%
vision benefits Vision: 7% employee benefits None: 85%
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