Most Senior Caregivers in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $10.35 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but years of experience and the individual firm are influential factors as well. About an eighth receive medical and dental insurance and fewer than one in ten get vision plans. For the most part, Senior Caregivers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$11,947 - $50,684
(Median)
$12K
$25K
$51K
MEDIAN: $24,594
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$8.60 - $16.71
(Median)
$8
$10
$17
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$11,947 - $50,684  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$17,379 - $39,859  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 47
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.60 - $16.71  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$13.05 - $21.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
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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$17,379 - $39,859  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 392
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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.

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Senior Caregivers may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Live-In Caregiver. Live-In Caregivers on average make about as much as Senior Caregivers do. Becoming a Caregiver or a Certified Nurse Assistant is often the next step for a Senior Caregiver.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Caregiver


Senior Caregivers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Visiting Angels, Inc., where the average salary comes to $23K.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $16K to just $24K — but Home Instead Senior Home Care offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $19K.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Caregiver

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


For Senior Caregivers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $21K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $24K. For Senior Caregivers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $24K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $27K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$22,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Senior Caregiver Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 22%

Cleaning
up arrow 9%

Home Care
up arrow 1%

National Average
$22,000

Elder Care
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 13%
dental benefits
Dental: 9%
medical benefits
Vision: 8%
dental benefits
None: 86%
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