Senior Caregiver Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Senior Caregivers in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $10.35 per hour. Earnings sit near $8.32 per hour on the lower side but can approach $16.39 on the higher side. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. One-tenth have medical and dental plans, and less than one in ten have vision insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$12,325 - $48,756
(Median)
$12K
$25K
$49K
MEDIAN: $24,579
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50%
90%

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$8.32 - $16.39
(Median)
$8
$10
$16
MEDIAN: $10
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$12,325 - $48,756  
   
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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$17,202 - $37,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 56
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.32 - $16.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.21  
Overtime
$0.00 - $21.84  
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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$17,202 - $37,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 452
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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Caregiver


Visiting Angels, Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $23K.

With a median salary of $19K, Home Instead Senior Home Care provides Senior Caregivers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $25K, limiting employee salary growth.


Survey results show that Senior Caregivers typically report just a few professional skills. Elder Care and Home Care are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Home Care. Home Care is a skill commonly found among those who know Elder Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Caregiver

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $21K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $24K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Senior Caregivers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $27K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $26K by contrast.

Senior Caregiver Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Senior Caregiver in Avon:
"Be prepared."
No one can assume they know all there is to know especially when dealing with disabled or elderly individuals. In lies the main issue. The fact that we are all individuals and should assume nothing for each client is a new slate a new individual.

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Experience Affects Senior Caregiver Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$22,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Senior Caregiver Salaries

Elder Care
up arrow 2%

National Average
$22,000

Home Care
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 10%
dental benefits
Dental: 7%
medical benefits
Vision: 6%
dental benefits
None: 89%
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