Senior Caregiver Salary

Women comprise the majority of Senior Caregivers in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $10.22 per hour on average. Pay ranges from $8.20 per hour on the low end to $16.13 on the high end. Career length and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Senior Caregivers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Roughly an eighth report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and fewer than one in ten collect vision insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$12,270 - $48,601
(Median)
$12K
$25K
$49K
MEDIAN: $24,604
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$8.20 - $16.13
(Median)
$8
$10
$16
MEDIAN: $10
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$12,270 - $48,601  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $516  
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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$16,864 - $36,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.20 - $16.13  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $21.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $516  
   
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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$16,864 - $36,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 432

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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Caregiver


Home Instead Senior Home Care offers the least pay with a median salary of $19K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $26K.


Survey takers who work as Senior Caregivers typically report just a few professional skills. Elder Care and Home Care are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. It is not unusual for someone who knows Elder Care to be familiar with Home Care as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Caregiver

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $21K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $24K. Senior Caregivers see a median salary of $25K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

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Experience Affects Senior Caregiver Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$22,000

Entry-Level
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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 58 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 13% dental benefits Dental: 10%
vision benefits Vision: 7% employee benefits None: 85%