Let’s be honest for a moment. You probably wouldn’t be looking for a career if you didn’t need to make money. It doesn’t make you a bad person. Your desire to earn a living does not invalidate your desire to care for people in need. It is important that you understand the financial implications you are accepting when choosing to become a Patient Care Tech.
So let’s begin with the basics:
The average Patient Care Technician Salary (PCT) is approximately $30,000.*
That’s not bad but how does it compare with other positions?
The average salary for a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is approximately $23,000.*
You can easily see that there is a financial advantage to seeking to enter the medical field as a PCT over a CNA.
Things that may affect your salary
- Experience – Lack of experience can often be a sticking point when attempting to get your first job in the medical field. This can also be a major factor in terms of your expected starting salary. You might have to take a first job in a nursing home for $10/hour but you will want to have a plan in mind to leverage that experience in your next move before settling and only after you have exhausted all your options.
- Shift Differentials – If you plan on continuing your education after becoming a PCT then night shifts may work best for you. Another added benefit is that these less popular shifts often come with a premium to your hourly rate.
- Location – Certain states have higher costs of living and you can expect higher pay in some markets for this reason.
- Facility/Department – If you are starting off in a nursing home instead of a hospital or clinic then you can expect to make less in most cases. Also, different departments have varying responsibilities and sometimes differing pay rates.
- Specializations – From Hemodialysis Patient Care Technicians to ED Patient Care Technicians there are a range of further specializations and sometimes additional certifications that can affect your pay.
A recent survey of 81 PCTs revealed a salary range of up to $45,139**
If you want to maximize your compensation in your market then you need to make a plan! If you don’t then you might find yourself in five years either in a facility you dislike or making significantly below your potential. Perhaps both in the worst case!
Considering we have found each other here at PCTPCA.com, I doubt you will be a passive participant who misses out on the opportunities that lay ahead.
Average PCT Salary by State
*Salary data from Indeed Salary Search. Search was performed by Job Title Only and using the terms “Patient Care Technician” and “Certified Nursing Assistant”.
** Salary range data from payscale.com