Caregiver Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Caregivers in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $10.40 per hour. While the specific employer and tenure impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Just under one in five enjoy medical while one in eight get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one in ten. Most Caregivers report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$12,014 - $42,897
$12K
$22K
$43K
MEDIAN: $22,426
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50%
90%

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$8.65 - $15.00
$8
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10.46
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50%
90%

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$0$42K
Salary $12,014 - $42,897
Bonus $5.07 - $1,946
Profit Sharing $145.00
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$17,570 - $33,284
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 610
Hourly Data $0$20
Hourly Rate $8.65 - $15.00
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $6.00
Overtime $9.92 - $20.32
Annual Data $0$33K
Bonus $5.07 - $1,946
Profit Sharing $145.00
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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$17,570 - $33,284
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 5,081

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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.

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.

Caregiver Job Listings

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.

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: $22,358

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 Coeur d'Alene:
Pros: I like taking care of the patients.
Cons: I do not like the lack of team work among staff.

Caregiver in Clinton:
"Its amazing to know my assistance makes a life easier to liv."
Pros: Noticing the changes for the better or even knowing I'm making things easier for someone to still feel self worth.
Cons: Some days when dementia moments happen and there's no chance of redirection except to wait it out can be tough. When you can not help someone emotionally so you do what you can and hope for a quick turn around for them.

Caregiver in Huntsville:
Pros: My clients, they make the stress bearable knowing that they are always smiling when I arrive at work.
Cons: Having to deal with over baring co workers and unappreciative administration.

Caregiver in Colorado Springs:
"Wonderful."
Pros: Being able to take care of elderly people. They teach you a lot, and very good companion people.
Cons: Nothing really, except dome don't appreciate what You do.

Caregiver in Houston:
"A job that makes you feel good."
Pros: It is wonderful to know you are bringing happiness to others.
Cons: So many patients you can spend personal time with all of them.

Caregiver in Moline:
"Humbling."
Pros: Working as a caregiver is very humbling and rewarding. Helping those who need help with everyday living and medical care from the comfort of their home is great. Knowing I'm making a different in their life and making them as comfortable as possible is the best way I can give back to this I love.
Cons: The hours are very demanding and the district office doesn't help workers at all. They can be very rude to the customer and the caregiver.

Caregiver in Detroit:
"It's hard but I wouldn't change it. I love it."
Pros: Being with the boys. I am very close to them and love them and care for them. Their parents, the boys and I are like a family.
Cons: I feel underappreciated for all that I do.

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Key Stats for Caregiver

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 731 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Caregiver Salaries

▲11%

▲8%

▲3%

National Average
$22,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Caregiver Salaries

Dementia
▲16%

CNA
▲1%

National Average
$22,000

▼2%

CPR
▼2%

▼3%


Assisted Living
▼3%

▼4%

▼4%

▼4%


▼5%

Kitchen/Bath
▼5%


Bilingual
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 731 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
8%

Common Health Benefits

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