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.
|Salary||$12,487 - $42,749|
|Bonus||$15.10 - $1,021|
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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).)
|$18,021 - $39,985|
|Hourly Rate||$8.86 - $16.42|
|Overtime||$11.33 - $26.54|
|Bonus||$15.10 - $1,021|
|Total Pay (||$18,021 - $39,985|
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.Read More...
The job may involve transporting a patient to various places, so a valid driver’s license is often required. Personal caregivers may work for a company or directly for their client, and may work around-the-clock to aid them whenever needed. Housekeeping duties such as cleaning, doing laundry, washing dishes, and maintaining a hazard-free environment are also important. There may be minimum physical requirements, as these individuals may have to lift or lend physical support to a patient, and the work may involve extensive walking, bending, and climbing stairs.
Personal caregivers may work on a team with other caregivers in order to alternate shifts, so the ability to work well with others is essential. This position often requires both experience and CPR certification. Many part-time and full-time positions are available. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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.
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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
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).
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