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.
|Salary||$17,796 - $44,219|
|Bonus||$24.47 - $2,073|
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|$19,296 - $36,104|
|Hourly Rate||$9.23 - $16.68|
|Overtime||$6.26 - $24.18|
|Bonus||$24.47 - $2,073|
|Total Pay (||$19,296 - $36,104|
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.Read More...
They often communicate with patients often so that they can relay necessary information to the patients’ doctors. This requires them to be very empathetic and to be able to connect and interact well with their patients. Their work can often be physical, and it can require long hours on their feet, which means that a patient care aid should be in adequate shape. They are often working alongside nurses and other aids, so they must be able to work well on a team, follow directions well, and be able to offer help wherever it is most needed. They must be able to communicate information well between the patient and the health care providers.
It may be possible to earn this position with just a high school diploma or equivalent. Many patient care aids will be required to complete training hours, and it may be necessary to become a certified nursing assistant by passing an exam. The requirements vary by state. Experience as a caregiver or hospital volunteer can be very beneficial in this field. (Copyright 2019 PayScale.com)
- 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)
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.
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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
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).
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