Caregiver March 2015 Job Report: Caregiver Jobs and Pay Increasing Even as Overall Labor Market Slows

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Senior caregivers remain in high demand as the elder care industry continues to grow. Professionally trained caregivers can receive higher pay and benefits along with the security of ongoing employment as employees of senior care companies.

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March 2015 Caregiver Pay Survey, the online resource for senior care information and careers, announced today the March 2015 Caregiver Pay Survey results for professional senior caregivers. As the overall U.S. economy reported weak growth in jobs, adding just 126,000 jobs last month, ending a 12-month streak of adding more than 200,000 jobs monthly, jobs in the senior care industry continued to increase along with caregiver pay.

Professional senior caregivers assist with the activities of daily living for aging seniors, which includes assisting with meal preparation, medication monitoring, personal care, exercises and maintaining household duties and scheduled appointments. Seniors who have acute care needs sometimes require the skills of a certified nursing aide.

Caregiverlist's March 2015 Caregiver Pay Survey resulted in an average hourly pay rate of $10.00 per hour and an average daily pay rate of more than $120 per day, with 19% of caregivers receiving $140 or more per day as a daily stipend. Survey results indicated 40% of caregivers make $11 or more per hour with 11% of those making more than $14 per hour. Senior caregivers also receive payroll and additional company benefits on top of their hourly pay rate.

"Many people forget that senior care is a professional industry and companies are required to provide worker's compensation insurance along with payroll tax benefits which include unemployment insurance and social security benefits," says Julie Northcutt, chief executive officer of Caregiverlist, Inc. "The annual cost for worker's compensation insurance for many senior home care agencies, including the home care agency I formerly owned, is $100,000 a year or more." However, these payroll benefits allow professional senior caregivers to be able to collect social security benefits when they retire. The worker's compensation insurance protects both the caregiver and the senior should an accident happen while the caregiver is working in the home.

Licensing for senior care companies along with specific guidelines for caregiver training are required in many states now. As the senior care industry expands to provide professional care services in seniors' homes, the number of caregiving jobs are also increasing.

Many senior care companies must hire from 5 to 10 new caregivers each week in order to keep up with demand for care services as more seniors are choosing to stay in their own homes as they age. In addition, senior care services can be both part-time and full-time which requires caregivers who can work flexible schedules. Anyone interested in exploring becoming a senior caregiver may learn about caregiver training requirements in their state and submit a pre-qualification job application to be received by licensed senior care companies in their area.

ABOUT CAREGIVERLIST.COM is the premier service connecting seniors and professional caregivers with the most reliable senior care options, highest quality ratings and outstanding careers nationwide. Founded by senior care professionals, brings the efficiencies of the Internet to senior care companies by providing online job application pre-qualification forms, caregiver training and industry news. Seniors and caregivers can access senior service information “by state,” view nursing home costs and star-ratings and learn about all senior care options and quality standards on For more information, please visit

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