$28,952
Avg. Salary
$12.19
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$295

Bonus

$80.00

Profit Sharing

$1,250

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Patient Care Assistant (PCA) is $12.19 per hour.

The average pay for a Patient Care Assistant (PCA) is $28,952 per year.

$9.23
10%
$12.19
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$16.68
90%
MEDIAN $12.19
$18k
10%
$29k
50%
$44k
90%
MEDIAN $28,952
$17,796 - $44,219
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MEDIAN: $28,952
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$9.23 - $16.68
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$0$44K
Salary $17,796 - $44,219
Bonus $24.47 - $2,073
Profit Sharing $80.00
Commission $1,250
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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$19,296 - $36,104
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 114
Hourly Data $0$24
Hourly Rate $9.23 - $16.68
Hourly Tips $0.21
Overtime $6.26 - $24.18
Annual Data $0$36K
Bonus $24.47 - $2,073
Commission $1,250
Profit Sharing $80.00
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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$19,296 - $36,104
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,287

Job Description for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)

Patient care aides work with patients under the direct supervision of health care professionals, such as doctors or nurses. They help patients with tasks such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They also assist with taking patients' temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration. Additionally, they assist with preparing and administering medications, collecting specimens for lab tests, monitoring patients, and recording treatment.

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Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Tasks
  • Provide basic patient care under the direction of a nursing staff.
  • Assist patients with daily activities including feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, mobility, changing linens, and taking medication.

Popular Employer Salaries for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)


Methodist, Nationwide Children's Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital, and Baptist Hospital are top-notch employers for Patient Care Assistants in this area. Those at Methodist can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $32K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider St. Luke's Health System, Virginia Hospital Center, and Texas Children's Hospital, top-paying firms where Patient Care Assistants rake in a solid $31K, $31K, or $29K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Mercy Hospital at $23K, Baptist Hospital at $25K, and St. Luke's Hospital, where $25K is the norm.

Common Career Paths for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)


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At the upper end, Patient Care Assistants who move into an Emergency Room Registered Nurse role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Emergency Room Registered Nurses is a much higher $61K per year. When Patient Care Assistants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses. Those roles pay an additional $31K and $12K, respectively.

Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Job Listings

Popular Skills for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)


Patient Care Assistants seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with CNA, Ekg, and Phlebotomy are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 14 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Cleaning. Those proficient in Acute Care are, more often than not, also skilled in Ekg.

Pay by Experience Level for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)

Pay by Experience for a Patient Care Assistant (PCA) has a positive trend. An entry-level Patient Care Assistant (PCA) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 834 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Patient Care Assistant (PCA) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 290 salaries. An experienced Patient Care Assistant (PCA) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 208 salaries. A Patient Care Assistant (PCA) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 82 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

39%

30%

15%

-5%

-12%

National Average: $25,738

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

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Patient Care Assistants, 40 percent above the national average. Patient Care Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New Haven (+31 percent), Phoenix (+16 percent), Houston (+16 percent), and Cincinnati (+3 percent). St. Louis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Birmingham (11 percent less) and Memphis (9 percent less).

Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Patient Care Assistant (PCA)?

Patient Care Assistant (PCA) in Hampton:
"Quite optimistic."
Pros: It is convenient for my classes and work load.
Cons: The management at my job

Patient Care Assistant (PCA) in Lexington:
"Cohorts are awesome!"
Pros: My coworkers are great. My supervisor and Doctors are awesome to work for.
Cons: Traffic is horrible. It very conjested and hazardous. Plus I have to fight for parking that I pay for.

Patient Care Assistant (PCA) in East Texas:
"I love it."
Pros: Friendly people. Beautiful town. Awesome boss.
Cons: Pay is low. No benefits. No vacation pay.

Patient Care Assistant (PCA) in New York:
"Go to school."
If you don't like people this job is not for you, we see people at thier worst and death of adults as well as children. Go to school become someone not the nameless PCA that is front line with the patients and knows them better than some of the nurse, that sits and holds a dying persons hand that feeds and bathes the sick who is often to the person who starts a code when someone lay dying than gets pushed aside while the team continues what you started later to be forgotten. PCAs are the unsung hero's .If you can just take pride for yourself knowing what you do than this job is for you and the low pay we get doesn't seem fair so it's our patients and their families thanks that forfills us and if this is good enough fine if not become a nurse lots more money and for most a lot less heart.

Patient Care Assistant (PCA) in Phoenix:
"Enjoy what you do, do what you enjoy to do."
Go in with a smile always be prepared to learn new things.

Patient Care Assistant (PCA) in New York:
"Gaining more knowledge."
Do not be afraid of any questions that is tricky, learn as much as you can and, most of all knowledge is a self motivation to you more then money , with out any self discipline or foundation you could get side track . Your responsibilities is to focus on a goal that would make you or shape you to help others and to be happy and proud of what you have accomplish in this new career path.

Patient Care Assistant (PCA) in Birmingham:
Work in a hospital for more knowledge and experience.

Related Job Salaries

Key Stats for Patient Care Assistant (PCA)

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 280 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salaries

▲25%

▲16%

▲5%

National Average
$26,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Salaries

CNA
▲25%

Ekg
▲13%

▲11%

Long Term Care
▲9%

▲5%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
▲5%

Recovery / Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
▲3%

Pediatrics
▲2%

Critical Care
▲1%

National Average
$26,000

Cardiology
▼1%

Elder Care
▼2%

Customer Service
▼3%

Telemetry
▼4%

Home Health/Home Care
▼4%

Cleaning
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 280 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 38%