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Senior Caregiver Salary

The larger portion of Senior Caregivers in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $10.20 per hour. Compensation ranges between $8.07 per hour and $16.20. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. One-eighth claim medical and dental insurance and less than 10 percent get vision coverage. Work is enjoyable for Senior Caregivers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$12,284 - $44,353
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$8.07 - $16.20
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$12,284 - $44,353  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $514  
Total Pay (?
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$16,677 - $37,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 62
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.07 - $16.20  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $21.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $514  
   
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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$16,677 - $37,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 459
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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' salaries tends to stay somewhat level when they assume higher-end positions like Certified Nurse Assistant. On average, Certified Nurse Assistants get paid about the same as Senior Caregivers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Caregiver


The lowest salaries can be found at Home Instead Senior Home Care — median pay is $19K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $15K and only reaching $26K.


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. Competency in Elder Care frequently indicates knowledge of Home Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Caregiver

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $21K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $24K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Caregivers make a median salary of $26K. 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 $25K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Senior Caregiver Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$22,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

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 60 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 12% dental benefits Dental: 8%
vision benefits Vision: 7% employee benefits None: 87%