How Much Do Private Caregivers Make Per Hour

If a person of a family hires a caregiver, then the caregiver is employed directly by that family, and that’s what we call a private caregiver. That’s how the family who hires the private caregiver becomes his employer or can hire a payroll management company to handle the payment billings. Suppose you call a private caregiver a non-certified aide or someone who offers personal care services like housekeeping, meal preparation and even companionship. Not all caregivers can provide all these services to the family or the recipient as these are private duties, so if a recipient needs someone who can also offer these services, he has to hire a private caregiver. While the government is employing a caregiver, a private company or a care home, at the same time, a private caregiver is a self-employed person and can never get hired by these authorities until he wants to. Private caregivers also could select their own house and the rates independently.

How Much Do Private Caregivers Make per Hour

Factors Influencing Private Caregiver Pay Rates

There is no exact number available on how much a private caregiver can make, but it depends on some main points. If the caregiver is experienced, understands most of the medical conditions, and has enough skills to provide treatments, he can get a higher pay. Not only that, but it also depends on the location of the family he is choosing. A family living in an average area won’t be able to pay much but a family living in a luxury place can pay the private caregiver as much as he wants. Except for these two things, the pay rates also depend on the duties and responsibilities he must fulfill during work. The employer type, like individual, agency or facility, also plays a crucial role in the pay scale of a private caregiver.      

Average Hourly Rates for Private Caregivers

The average rates of private caregivers depend on their experience, skills and many more facts. But if we talk about the national averages of personal caregivers, it can start from $25 to $45 per hour. While discussing the regional variances, the hourly rates depend on the location. If the private caregiver gets a job in a higher-cost living area, he can get higher pay compared to the other places. His payment can be even more than the national average. If he gets hired in a ruler or a lower-cost living location, he will get less paid. While talking about different institutes like nursing homes and others, charge more than the private caregiver as there are other expenses they have to fulfill. Even an institute’s monthly cost is more than a private caregiver’s yearly cost. So, if you are a private caregiver wanting to earn more in your profession, you can join any institute.

Additional Compensation and Benefits

If we compare the benefits of a private caregiver and an institute’s, there is a big difference. The institutes charge additional payment if the caregiver is working overtime but cut a specific % of t it as their charge and then pay it to the caregiver. At the same time, a private caregiver can get the whole overtime payment. Institutes sometimes won’t let their caregivers take off on holidays or weekends. A private caregiver is their boss and can take holidays off, work on weekends and charge more or take the whole weekend off. A benefit that a caregiver can avail from the institutes is health insurance and retirement plans; when an institute hires a caregiver or any other employee, they let them have health insurance so that it can be helpful for them. With all these benefits, an employee of an institute can also enjoy the additional benefits from the institutions that a private caregiver can’t, such as transportation, meal plans, etc.  


Strategies for Negotiating Pay Rates

If you are working as a private caregiver and want to learn the negotiating strategies for negotiating their pay rates, then we can help you out! First, make sure to do good research on the local market rates, it will help you in negotiating. If the family is not convinced correctly, then you can mention your experience after working for many years. Do not forget to mention your skills and good qualities that will benefit the care recipient. Make sure that you discuss all of the responsibilities you will provide during your work. Also, ask the family if they have any additional expectations from you or not, and if you have some expectations from the family, then make sure to mention them before hiring. If the family is still stuck to their budget, asking for non-monetary compensation, like getting meals from the family or requesting a transportation service, is better. This compensation depends on your needs so you can ask according to it.

Challenges and Considerations

A private caregiver can face many challenges that can make his work harder, but he has to ensure that he is taking care of everything. No one will teach you about the economic factors of this profession, so make sure to research them so you can charge according to them. Your hourly rate depends on the legal regulations, so make sure you know how much minimum wage you can charge as a private caregiver according to the laws. There are laws for minimum wages and overtime charges, so make sure you know about it. Yes, you are your own boss when you work as a private caregiver, but it would be unfair when you charge a lot. So make sure that being a personal caretaker, you are setting fair and providing enough service that is helpful for the care recipient and his family.


In this blog, you have a lot of information about the pay rates of a private caregiver. We have also mentioned that charging fairly to the family and the care recipient is very important. Make sure that you are not going unfairly anywhere. In the future, ensure you have all the knowledge about this profession and are learning more and more to increase your experience and skills.
The Healing of a Caregiver by Patrick Palmer