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Senior Caregiver Salary (United States)

Most Senior Caregivers in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $10.13 per hour;. Pay ranges from $8.01 per hour on the low end to $15.57 on the high end. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Approximately one in eight report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and less than 10 percent collect vision insurance. Most Senior Caregivers report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Senior Caregiver Salary (?
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$12,243 - $44,611
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MEDIAN: $23,873
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Senior Caregiver Salary (?
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$8.01 - $15.57
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
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$12,243 - $44,611  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $789  
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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$16,554 - $36,202  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 67
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.01 - $15.57  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $21.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $789  
   
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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$16,554 - $36,202  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 474
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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 sometimes move into a Certified Nurse Assistant role, where the salary is similar.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Caregiver

With a median salary of $20K, Senior Helpers offers Senior Caregivers the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $16K and are capped at $27K. Home Instead Senior Home Care offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $19K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $16K to $25K. Workers at Senior Helpers also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field.

Senior Caregivers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Elder Care and Home Care are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Employees educated in Elder Care are typically practiced in Home Care, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Caregiver

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $21K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $24K. Senior Caregivers bring in $25K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $25K. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one-tenth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining roughly one in ten.

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Experience Affects Senior Caregiver Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$22,000
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Skills That Affect Senior Caregiver Salaries

Home Care
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National Average
$22,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
97%
female alumni
 
Male
3%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 13% dental benefits Dental: 9%
vision benefits Vision: 7% employee benefits None: 86%