Professional senior caregivers remain in demand and continue to earn much more than minimum wage.
Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) May 12, 2014
The Caregiverlist® Career Center processed the professional caregiver pay results of 2,493 senior caregivers to announce the April caregiver pay rates. As senior care companies continue to look for high quality caregivers to fill open positions, the industry has a high demand for both part-time and full-time caregiver employees.
In addition, "live-in" caregivers, who stay with a senior for 2 to 3 days at a time, while helping to manage the household duties, are also needed. Live-in caregivers do not actually move-in with the senior, but instead are able to sleep at night and earn a daily stipend. Live-in caregivers receive down-time each evening and usually share meals and participate in activities with the senior client.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced the unemployment rate for the nation declined in May, to 6.3 percent from 6.7 percent. Senior caregivers employed by professional companies earn 30% more than minimum wage, with caregivers in the San Jose and San Francisco, California, area earning from $11 to $12 per hour and caregivers in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area earning from $10 per hour or more.
Professional senior care companies provide for payroll taxes and benefits, including performance bonuses and usually offer additional incentives. Senior caregivers can learn about required training in their state and beginning caregivers can take an online training course to become familiar with the basic caregiving skills and safety requirements.
Caregiver qualifications include the ability to pass a criminal background check and to provide adequate personal and professional references. "Professional senior caregivers remain in demand," says Shanice Kelly, Caregiverlist® recruitment coordinator. "As a former senior caregiver, I know that many people do not realize this can be a professional career."
Senior care has been designated as a top employer in the coming decade and the Caregiverlist® April Pay Survey results indicate hiring needs continue to increase along with caregiver pay. Caregivers can learn more about becoming a senior caregiver and refer-a-friend to a professional caregiver job at the Caregiverlist® career center.