Personal Caregiver Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Personal Caregivers in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $11.11 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and the specific company. The majority of Personal Caregivers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to close to one-eighth, and less than one-tenth earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$12,487 - $42,749
$12K
$24K
$43K
MEDIAN: $23,581
10%
50%
90%

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$8.86 - $16.42
$8
$11
$16
MEDIAN: $11.31
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90%

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$0$42K
Salary $12,487 - $42,749
Bonus $15.10 - $1,021
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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$18,021 - $39,985
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 53
Hourly Data $0$26
Hourly Rate $8.86 - $16.42
Hourly Tips $0.86
Overtime $11.33 - $26.54
Annual Data $0$39K
Bonus $15.10 - $1,021
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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$18,021 - $39,985
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 337

Job Description for Personal Caregiver

A personal caregiver works in a home to administer care to patients who are elderly or disabled. The scope of the work depends largely on the patients’ needs; in some cases, the personal caregiver may feed, bathe, and change the patient, or simply make sure he/she receives nutrition and prescribed medication and participates in social/community activities. Those in this position may also act as liaisons between a patient and health care providers, such as doctors, and must effectively communicate any changes in a patient’s condition to these doctors.

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Personal Caregiver Tasks

  • 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.
  • Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Personal Caregiver


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There are some Personal Caregivers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Registered Nurses, where earnings are an average $56K annually. A more likely transition for Personal Caregivers is Caregiver or Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA).

Personal Caregiver Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Personal Caregiver


Survey results show that Personal Caregivers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in CPR, Cleaning, Elder Care, and Home Health/Home Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Home Care, Bathing, and Home Health/Home Care. Those educated in Elder Care tend to be well versed in Home Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Personal Caregiver

Pay by Experience for a Personal Caregiver has a positive trend. An entry-level Personal Caregiver with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 209 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Personal Caregiver with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 147 salaries. An experienced Personal Caregiver which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 151 salaries. A Personal Caregiver with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 64 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $24,020

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

Newport Beach is home to an above-average pay rate for Personal Caregivers, 70 percent higher than the national average. Personal Caregivers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+41 percent) and Charlotte (+7 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Phoenix, 16 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and San Diego (14 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

Personal Caregiver Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Personal Caregiver?

Personal Caregiver in Fort Worth:
"See the Smiles on the patients faces and family."
Pros: Seeing family and their love ones happy and that I do care about their loved one..i am a happy person and can make the family laugh and smile on the way I work..
Cons: Seeing that we don't live for ever.......and the patient gets worse and we know where it goes from there and it hard on the family..I want my patient to remember how it is living now and wonderful place where we are going and make the family comfortable when the time comes..

Personal Caregiver in Modesto:
"Its a great experience."
Pros: Its at a regular home I pritty much can do what ever I want an the house is always peaceful.
Cons: The hours of work are random I never know what time or what days ill work till I get called.

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Key Stats for Personal Caregiver

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
14%

Experience Affects Personal Caregiver Salaries

▲23%

▲3%

National Average
$24,000

▼1%

▼11%

Skills That Affect Personal Caregiver Salaries

CPR
▲17%

National Average
$24,000

Cleaning
▼3%

▼4%


Bathing
▼9%

Home Care
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 11%
dental benefits
Dental: 6%
vision benefits
Vision: 4%
no benefits
None: 88%