How much should you pay an in-home caregiver?

caregiver for elderly

A co-worker of mine employs an in-home caregiver to help take care of her 80-year-old mother. The CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) is currently paid $12 per hour, 30 hours a week. Lately, the CNA has indicated she would like an increase in pay and hours. Unfortunately, due to the faltering economy, the family cannot pay any more than the current rate or provide the CNA with additional hours.

Do you think $12 an hour is a fair rate? Are you struggling to pay for outside help to provide caregiving services for your relatives?

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April 20th, 2010
11:39 pm

hi , i have a friend she want me to taker of her mom and clean her house, how much should i charge her? i hope u can hep me thank u and god bless u


April 5th, 2010
6:33 pm

i work with a wonderful young boy who i have known for 18 years, i love my job but as i get paid by his mother i get no holiday pay, sick pay or travelling costs, and have been on an hourly rate of $10.50 for a few years now am seriously looking for something else. i would love to get 12.00 and hour which is definately better than what i get now.anyone out there in my area need a good caregiver email me


March 18th, 2010
6:52 pm

And my comments are based on somebody with 0-3 years experience. More experience, and/or greater qualifications (certificates, degrees) most certainly entitle one to charge more.


March 18th, 2010
6:50 pm

The rate that you are paid will vary based on your location. Cost of living is MUCH higher in Alaska than in Alabama, and thus your pay should reflect this. An area in which the cost of living is “average” for the nation, rate of pay should be approximately $8+ for BASIC care, which generally just includes errand running and companionship. For any personal care, including bathing, toilet assistance, etc. the rate of pay should be MIN. $12+, and fairly should be $14+. (These rates are hourly). Hence, what your responsibilities and duties are should be reflected in your paycheck. Remember, if this is a full time position there is no reason to think that you shoul be paid any less – a livable wage is only fair for caregiving.


March 9th, 2010
5:27 pm

Please help me! I am a Certified Nursing Assistant with over 10 years experience caring for the elderly. I am looking to care for people in there homes and don’t know how much I should charge. $15.00 $30.00 an hour?????? I don’t know, thank you for all your help


March 1st, 2010
7:41 pm

HELLO, I was hired by my family to take care of my great grandmother (82). They said that i must be a live in because she lives alone and they fear for her at night, so I did. I work 1:30pm-6:30pm 6 days a week and i get paid $300 a week. I was recently told (when i asked if it would be alright to work a second job 7am-1pm) that even though i only get paid from 1:30pm-6:30pm that i am really wanted to be there all morning and evening long and that it would not be alright to work a second job on my off hours. Even though she is my great grandmother I feel like I’m being cheated and taken advantage of by my great aunt and uncle. Am I??????
The care i provide for her are some small bills, groceries, all the cleaning and garbage, laundry, companionship, conversation, errand running, and some bathing needs. I still provide care for her when my hours have ended and even on my day off. I am a live in and i do not pay rent but i pay for all my own bills and food. I am confused at what I should be paid on what i provide and if i am being used. PLEASE HELP!


February 24th, 2010
12:59 pm

Three hundred is too little. $700 – 900 is more like it for a live in. call me I am looking for someone also (570)262-3892


January 27th, 2010
4:16 am

Need a little help… my boyfriend (age 48) is disabled and had to move in with me. Does anyone know of a program in GA that will pay me for being his caretaker. I am not a CNA or a home health care provider but I can’t afford to pay for someone to come into the home to care for him either. We are waiting on SSDI but it hasn’t started yet. No agencies here in Atlanta seem to have the answer or want to help. Can anyone guide me in the right direction?

Janet Cullifer

January 25th, 2010
2:55 pm

I moved my mother- in – law in with me 2 years ago. I cannot leave her to get a job because she requires 24 hour care. Should I be getting paid for my services or because she is a relative I should do it out of the goodness of my heart and my love for her?

meshica lovelett

January 21st, 2010
8:12 pm

Hi, i was just hire to take care of 83 year old lady, and her family is debating how much to pay me. It’s a live in job so i told them $300.00 per week because i will be living with her 7 days a week. Do you think this is a fair price?