Senior Caregiver Salary

Senior Caregivers in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $10.35 per hour for pay. Earnings sit near $8.32 per hour on the lower side but can approach $16.39 on the higher side. Career duration and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by nearly one in ten, and fewer than one in ten earn vision coverage. Work is enjoyable for Senior Caregivers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$12,325 - $48,756
(Median)
$12K
$25K
$49K
MEDIAN: $24,579
10%
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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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.

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Senior Caregivers' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Certified Nurse Assistant. On average, Certified Nurse Assistants get paid about the same as Senior Caregivers do.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Caregiver


Visiting Angels, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $23K on average.

Pay for Senior Caregivers is the lowest at Home Instead Senior Home Care, which has a median salary of $19K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $25K.


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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


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 with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $27K. Senior Caregivers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $26K.

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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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