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Senior Caregiver Salary

Senior Caregivers in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $10.24 per hour for pay. Pay generally varies between $8.20 per hour and $16.20. Experience level and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Senior Caregivers like their work and job satisfaction is high. In this profession, close to one-seventh enjoy medical and dental coverage, and less than 10 percent have vision insurance, as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$12,215 - $49,445
(Median)
$12K
$26K
$49K
MEDIAN: $26,450
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50%
90%

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$8.20 - $16.20
(Median)
$8
$10
$16
MEDIAN: $10
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$12,215 - $49,445  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
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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$16,908 - $37,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.20 - $16.20  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $22.24  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
   
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).
)
$16,908 - $37,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 425
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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 sometimes move into a Certified Nurse Assistant role, where the salary is similar.

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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 $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. Employees educated in Elder Care are typically practiced in Home Care, too.

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. Senior Caregivers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $26K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $25K.

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Experience Affects Senior Caregiver Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$22,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Senior Caregiver Salaries


National Average
$22,000

Home Care
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 14% dental benefits Dental: 10%
vision benefits Vision: 7% employee benefits None: 85%
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