$23,348
Avg. Salary
$10.56
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$248

Profit Sharing

$102

Commission

$800

The average pay for a Caregiver is $10.56 per hour.

The average pay for a Caregiver is $23,348 per year.

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$11
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$15
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MEDIAN $11
$12k
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$45k
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MEDIAN $23,348
$12,239 - $44,813
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MEDIAN: $23,348
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$8.65 - $15.05
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$0$44K
Salary $12,239 - $44,813
Bonus $5.30 - $1,540
Profit Sharing $2.00 - $2,400
Commission $800
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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$17,638 - $33,051
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,017
Hourly Data $0$20
Hourly Rate $8.65 - $15.05
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $3.92
Overtime $9.87 - $20.46
Annual Data $0$33K
Bonus $5.30 - $1,540
Commission $800
Profit Sharing $2.00 - $2,400
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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$17,638 - $33,051
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 8,957

Job Description for Caregiver

The exact nature of a caregiver's work and their daily schedule depends on the unique needs of each individual client. There is a physical aspect to the work, as a caregiver is expected to perform household tasks with which the client has difficulties. There also is an important mental and emotional element to a caregiver's position, as the caregiver must be empathetic and compassionate. Tools a caregiver may need to use include a stove, vacuum, or shower; the caregiver may also perform some light outdoor tasks such as sweeping and shoveling snow.

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Caregiver Tasks

  • Provide companionship and help around the home to clients.
  • Report on changes in condition or needs.
  • Accompany clients to appointments.
  • Assist clients with mobility, transportation, meals, and medications.

Popular Employer Salaries for Caregiver


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Caregivers include Home Instead Senior Home Care, Visiting Angels, Inc., Comfort Keepers, Self-Employed, and Right at Home. Although Sunrise Senior Living, Inc. offers the highest salaries (median pay is $27K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $21K to $31K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Self-Employed, Home Helpers, and Brookdale Senior Living Inc., top-paying firms where Caregivers rake in a solid $26K, $22K, or $22K, respectively.

Home Instead Senior Care (AL) offers the least pay with a median salary of $18K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $21K. Workers at Home Instead Senior Home Care, Comforcare Senior Services, and Right at Home also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $20K, $20K, and $21K respectively.

Common Career Paths for Caregiver


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At the upper end, Caregivers who move into a Registered Nurse role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Registered Nurses is a much higher $56K per year. A common career progression for a Caregiver is to become a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Medical Assistant. Compared to Caregivers, the first group earns $1K more on average, and the second group earns $6K more.

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Popular Skills for Caregiver


Survey results imply that Caregivers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Dementia, CNA, CPR, and Elder Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Food Preparation, Bilingual, and Kitchen/Bath. Those proficient in Elder Care are, more often than not, also skilled in Home Health/Home Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Caregiver

Pay by Experience for a Caregiver has a positive trend. An entry-level Caregiver with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 3,252 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Caregiver with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 1,705 salaries. An experienced Caregiver which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 1,181 salaries. A Caregiver with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 414 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $22,524

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Caregivers in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Caregivers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+22 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+5 percent), and San Diego (+4 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, San Antonio is the market with the smallest paychecks. Albuquerque and Houston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

Caregiver Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Caregiver?

Caregiver in Columbus:
"Leading caregiver."
Pros: It pays weekly.
Cons: Cleaning stools.

Caregiver in Portland:
"Caregiving is about personal relationships..."
Pros: Building a trusting relationship with another person is rewarding in itself; being able to provide compassionate care for individuals and their families is a privilege. The facilitation of longer, healthier, more comfortable lives for elderly and disabled populations is a calling.
Cons: Low pay, long hours, no breaks, no benefits.

Caregiver in Denver:
"That my daily schedule would become that of my patients."
Only become or work as a caregiver if you are truly a humanitarian and like myself have some obsession with helping those unable too help them selves or having fallen into a dark place in life and simply need someone too pull them out. Being a caregiver is not a job one does for the financial compensation but rather just because unlike other jobs such as a RN you spend more quality time with the patient allowing for more of a personal bond to form between the caregiver and the patient. A patients caregiver will always know more about how the patient feels, reacts, is comfortable talking to doctors and nurses about and so much more. This is where a primary care provider from the patients family is extremely important because this extremely strong bond and trust that has formed between patient and caregiver can easily be abused by the caregiver in many different ways. Some say this only happens when the caregiver is under paid but I myself believe it is within the caregiver themselves.

Caregiver in Indianapolis:
"I Love Helping The Senior Citizens."
Pros: I like that I'm by myself nobody over me, nobody telling me what to do, I'm on my own time, own pace.
Cons: Working with lazy caregivers.

Caregiver in Wesley Chapel:
"Each Person Is A Different Adventure."
Pros: Life has much more meaning and scope. Each day brings a deeper and more meaningful experience.
Cons: I pour my heart soul into each day, my energy level drops with each passing year.

Caregiver in San Juan Capistrano:
"Great clients."
Pros: No one working over me.
Cons: So much work and not enough pay.

Caregiver in Spring Hill:
"Working with good people."
Pros: I like to work with senor helping them.
Cons: People sit on there but and tell you its not my job.

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Key Stats for Caregiver

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1241 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Caregiver Salaries

▲10%

▲7%

▲2%

National Average
$23,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Caregiver Salaries

Dementia
▲15%

CNA
▼0%

National Average
$23,000

CPR
▼2%

▼3%

▼4%


Assisted Living
▼4%

▼5%

▼5%

▼5%


▼5%

Kitchen/Bath
▼5%

Bilingual
▼9%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1241 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 18%
dental benefits
Dental: 13%
vision benefits
Vision: 11%
no benefits
None: 80%