Assisted living communities top nursing homes for caregiver pay

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Assisted living communities top nursing homes for caregiver pay
Assisted living communities top nursing homes for caregiver pay

Assisted living communities pay staff nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses and certified nurse aides more than do nursing homes, on average, according to the 20th annual “Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report,” published by the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service.

And assisted living communities beat continuing care retirement communities for two of the three positions.

According to the report:

  • RNs make $29.39 per hour at assisted living communities, $28.90 at CCRCs and $27.84 at nursing homes.
  • LPN hourly wages are $23.13 at assisted living communities, $22.49 at CCRCs and $21.56 at nursing homes.
  • CNAs make $13.13 per hour at assisted living communities, $13.24 at CCRCs and $12.36 at nursing homes.

The comparisons are based on the national 50th-percentile hourly rates collected for the 2018 assisted living report as well as the “CCRC Salary & Benefits Report” published in June 2017 and the “Nursing Home Salary & Benefits Report” published in July 2017.

The full assisted living report includes responses from more than 600 assisted living communities. They provided compensation data related to more than 37,000 employees in 20 management and 29 nonmanagement positions nationwide. Data are reported according to for-profit and not-for-profit status, revenue size, unit size, state, county and geographic region. Also covered are 18 fringe benefits, turnover rates by department and projected salary increases for 2018.

The publication is available for $350, or $275 for members of LeadingAge or the National Center for Assisted Living.

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