Senior Caregiver Salary (United States)

Most Senior Caregivers in the United States are women. The work force as a whole earns a median of approximately $10.13 per hour. Pay generally spreads from $8.01 per hour to $15.57. Experience level and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by 13 percent, and less than 10 earn vision coverage. Most Senior Caregivers report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Senior Caregiver Salary (?
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$12,243 - $44,611
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MEDIAN: $23,873
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Senior Caregiver Salary (?
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$8.01 - $15.57
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
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$12,243 - $44,611  
   
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$0.00 - $789  
Total Pay (?
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$16,554 - $36,202  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 67
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.01 - $15.57  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $21.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $789  
   
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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$16,554 - $36,202  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 474
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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 do not enjoy an increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Certified Nurse Assistant will not offer more money than lower-level jobs in the same field.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Caregiver

Though highest salaries can be found at Senior Helpers—median pay is $19,760—there is little variability in compensation, with paychecks starting at $16,372 and reaching $27K. Salaries are easily beat at Home Instead Senior Home Care, where median pay comes to just $19,000, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $15,543 and ending at $25K, range in salary is rather small.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Caregiver

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Workers new to the field can expect to earn $21K, increasing to $24K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $25K. Unfortunately, Senior Caregivers with considerable experience—two decades in the field—see paychecks plunge to $25K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 18 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 10 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

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Experience Affects Senior Caregiver Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 17%
Late-Career
up arrow 16%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$22,000
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Skills That Affect Senior Caregiver Salaries

Home Care
0%
National Average
$22,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
97%
female alumni
 
Male
3%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 13% dental benefits Dental: 9%
vision benefits Vision: 7% employee benefits None: 86%
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