What Is the Base Salary for a Personal Caregiver for an Elderly Person?

Personal caregivers work in their patients' homes.
Personal caregivers work in their patients' homes. (Image: Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Personal caregivers provide a variety of services for elderly individuals in their homes. They may help an elder get dressed, take medication, clean house and run errands. States do not require personal caregivers to be certified, unlike home health aides. Home health aides may work for a home health agency and perform more medically related care. Their base hourly salaries are often around $10 per hour.

Average Salary

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, as of May 2010, the average annual salary of a personal caregiver was $20,420 per year or $9.82 per hour.


The 10th percentile earned up to $15,970 per year or $7.68 per hour. The 25th percentile earned up to $17,360 annually or $8.35 per hour; those in the 75th percentile made up to $22,830 per year or $10.98 per hour. The 90th percentile made at least $25,900 annually or $12.45 per hour.


Individual and family services was the largest industry for personal caregivers in the United States as of May 2010, according to the BLS. An estimated 306,670 people worked as personal caregivers in this industry as of May 2010. The annual average wage was $20,650 and the hourly rate was $9.93. Home health services was the second largest employer of personal care aides with an average annual salary of $19,020 or $9.14 per hour.


Personal caregivers earned the most in Alaska as of May 2010, where the annual average salary was $29,690 and the average hourly wage was $14.27. The next highest paying state was New Jersey, where personal caregivers earned $26,470 per year or $12.73 per hour. Washington, D.C. was close behind with an average annual average salary of $26,420 or $12.70 per hour. Personal care aides in Massachusetts earned an average of $25,590 or $12.30 per hour, while those in Connecticut earned an average yearly salary of $23,650 or $11.37 per hour.

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