Updated August 18, 2021
Average Companion Salary
$11.60 hourly
$24,000 yearly

Entry level Salary
$17,000 yearly
$17,000
10 %
$24,000
Median
$32,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$32,000
$2,667
$15
75th Percentile
$28,000
$2,333
$13
Average
$24,125
$2,010
$12
25th Percentile
$20,000
$1,667
$10
10th Percentile
$17,000
$1,417
$8

Average Companion Salary By State

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Companion average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$22,406
$10.77
Alaska
$39,541
$19.01
Arizona
$25,001
$12.02
Arkansas
$21,044
$10.12
California
$28,380
$13.64
Colorado
$24,639
$11.85
Connecticut
$28,809
$13.85
Delaware
$23,728
$11.41
District of Columbia
$26,579
$12.78
Florida
$25,620
$12.32
Georgia
$22,514
$10.82
Hawaii
$21,012
$10.10
Idaho
$24,902
$11.97
Illinois
$23,208
$11.16
Indiana
$22,582
$10.86
Iowa
$23,992
$11.53
Kansas
$23,472
$11.28
Kentucky
$24,753
$11.90
Louisiana
$17,287
$8.31
Maine
$24,802
$11.92
Maryland
$25,335
$12.18
Massachusetts
$29,550
$14.21
Michigan
$25,175
$12.10
Minnesota
$30,293
$14.56
Mississippi
$26,989
$12.98
Missouri
$22,389
$10.76
Montana
$29,858
$14.35
Nebraska
$28,225
$13.57
Nevada
$24,489
$11.77
New Hampshire
$27,325
$13.14
New Jersey
$31,044
$14.93
New Mexico
$19,620
$9.43
New York
$28,988
$13.94
North Carolina
$21,604
$10.39
North Dakota
$38,032
$18.28
Ohio
$28,510
$13.71
Oklahoma
$22,095
$10.62
Oregon
$39,904
$19.18
Pennsylvania
$26,468
$12.72
Rhode Island
$27,110
$13.03
South Carolina
$19,986
$9.61
South Dakota
$30,403
$14.62
Tennessee
$21,142
$10.16
Texas
$16,864
$8.11
Utah
$28,594
$13.75
Vermont
$29,811
$14.33
Virginia
$24,757
$11.90
Washington
$45,456
$21.85
West Virginia
$25,410
$12.22
Wisconsin
$28,300
$13.61
Wyoming
$28,771
$13.83

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Highest Paying Cities For Companion

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Seattle, WA
$46,408
$22.31
Portland, OR
$40,323
$19.39
Santa Rosa, CA
$32,198
$15.48
Cherry Hill, NJ
$30,632
$14.73
Pittsfield, MA
$29,892
$14.37
New York, NY
$28,912
$13.90

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How much does a Companion make?

  • The average companion makes $24,125 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for a companion is $11.6.
  • The average entry-level companion salary is $17,000.
  • Highest paying states for companion are Washington ($45,456), Oregon ($39,904), Alaska ($45,456) and North Dakota ($45,456).
  • Highest paying cities for companion are Seattle, WA ($46,408), Portland, OR, Santa Rosa, CA, Cherry Hill, NJ and Pittsfield, MA.
  • Companions on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $17,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $32,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $28,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $20,000
  • Industries with the highest companion salaries are health care, automotive and non profits.

Average Companion Salary Over Time

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Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $24,100
    $11.60
    +3.8%
    2020
    $23,200
    $11.15
    +5.1%
    2019
    $22,000
    $10.58
    +4.3%
    2018
    $21,100
    $10.13
    +2.6%
    2017
    $20,500
    $9.87
    +1.7%

    How Much Do Companions Make In Different Industries?

    The salary for a companion can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for companions tend to be found in health care, automotive, and non profits companies. In fact, companions can make a yearly salary of $24,880 while working for health care companies.
    RankIndustryAverage Companion SalaryCompanion Salary Range
    1Health Care
    $24,880
    $18k
    $29k
    2Automotive
    $23,471
    $18k
    $29k
    3Non Profits
    $20,737
    $18k
    $29k
    4Professional
    $20,207
    $18k
    $29k

    High Paying Companion Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Pet Sitter

    Avg. salary: $10,038

    A pet sitter is responsible for taking care of household pets while their owners are away. Pet sitters perform services for pet maintenance, including taking them to the veterinarian, monitoring their food, walk them in the park, and administer medications, if any. They also reach out to the pet owners for possible updates and emergencies, taking their instructions immediately. Apart from being highly communicative and organizational, a pet sitter should have an interest and passion in taking care of pets to ensure high-quality services.
    21,913 Pet Sitter Jobs
    Attending, Ambulatory Care

    Avg. salary: $27,196

    An attending, ambulatory care is responsible for providing patient care, supporting ongoing treatment of health issues, and managing recovery through coordinating with attending physicians or other medical professionals. They evaluate medical records, including history and consultation purposes, develop a necessary care plan, keep an accurate medical chart, and schedule laboratory tests and follow-up as needed. An attending, ambulatory care must have extensive knowledge of the medical principles and disciplines to monitor the patients' condition and observe medical measures.
    121,121 Attending, Ambulatory Care Jobs
    Sitter

    Avg. salary: $23,414

    A sitter is responsible for assisting medical needs under the supervision of an attending physician, registered nurses, and other health professionals. Sitters monitor the patients' daily activities and perform medical duties such as taking the patient's temperature, administering medications, monitoring food intake, helping with bathing needs, and responding to the patients' inquiries, concerns, and requests. They also keep track of medical charts to report the patients' health condition and progress to the senior staff.
    40,361 Sitter Jobs
    Personal Care Worker

    Avg. salary: $23,721

    A personal care worker is responsible for providing quality health care services for elders and disabled persons. Personal care workers are usually employed in a private household setting or a special healthcare institution, assisting patients with their daily activities, and monitoring their conditions. They update the patients' medical charts, administer medication from the physician's prescriptions, and manage their food intake. A personal care worker must be highly-organized, especially when attending to patients' needs, inquiries, and concerns.
    111,111 Personal Care Worker Jobs
    Direct Care Worker

    Avg. salary: $23,995

    A Direct Care Worker's responsibility revolves around overseeing clients' welfare and health care from different ages and conditions. Most of the duties will involve assistance in basic hygienic tasks such as bathing or going to the toilet, performing light chores such as preparing healthy meals and cleaning a bedroom, and ensuring the patient's medication intake aligns with the schedule. Furthermore, it is also the duty of a Direct Care Worker to empathize and build rapport with clients to make them feel more at ease.
    120,114 Direct Care Worker Jobs
    Baby Sitter

    Avg. salary: $20,473

    A Baby Sitter is responsible for the welfare and safety of children while their parents or guardian are away. The tasks will vary on the age, behavior, or needs of the children. However, most of the time, a Baby Sitter must supervise the children's activities in a friendly and fun manner, prepare meals, assist in bathing or dressing, and get them to bed. There are also instances when the Baby Sitter must do some light chores, such as cleaning up after the kids or washing the dishes.
    21,373 Baby Sitter Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Pet Sitter
    $10,039
    $837
    $4.83
    21,913
    Attending, Ambulatory Care
    $27,196
    $2,266
    $13.08
    121,121
    Sitter
    $23,414
    $1,951
    $11.26
    40,361
    Personal Care Worker
    $23,722
    $1,977
    $11.40
    111,111
    Direct Care Worker
    $23,996
    $2,000
    $11.54
    120,114
    Baby Sitter
    $20,473
    $1,706
    $9.84
    21,373
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    Companion Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a companion can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.
    Experience LevelascdescAvg. SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
    Entry Level
    $18,900
    $9.07
    Mid Level
    $24,200
    $11.64
    Senior Level
    $26,000
    $12.49

    Which Companies Pay Companions The Most?

    If you want to get paid the most as a companion, being employed by a company such as Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A or Boehringer Ingelheim would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Baxter Regional Medical Center and Calendars also report highly competitive salaries for companions.
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    Recently Added Companion Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Caregiver/Companion Care
    Lansdale, PA
    08/31/2021
    $27,131
    08/31/2021
    Always Best Care Senior Services
    Companion Caregiver
    Companion Caregiver
    Urban Honolulu, HI
    08/29/2021
    $25,044
    08/29/2021
    Always Best Care
    Companion Caregiver
    Companion Caregiver
    Urban Honolulu, HI
    08/29/2021
    $25,044
    08/29/2021
    Community Vision
    Direct Support Companion
    Direct Support Companion
    Portland, OR
    08/27/2021
    $33,392
    08/27/2021
    Kennedy Care
    Companion Caregiver, Afternoon Shift
    Companion Caregiver, Afternoon Shift
    West Bloomfield, MI
    08/27/2021
    $31,305
    08/27/2021
    City of Eden Prairie, Mn
    Recreation Inclusion Companion
    Recreation Inclusion Companion
    Eden Prairie, MN
    08/25/2021
    $29,218
    08/25/2021
    Allaire Rehab & Nursing
    Companion/Caregiver
    Companion/Caregiver
    Freehold, NJ
    08/23/2021
    $25,044
    08/23/2021
    Visiting Angels of Medford
    In Home Companion All Shifts 16 To 18 Per Hour
    In Home Companion All Shifts 16 To 18 Per Hour
    Medford, OR
    08/19/2021
    $33,392
    08/19/2021
    Care Advantage Inc.
    Companion Caregivers-NOW !
    Companion Caregivers-NOW !
    Harrisonburg, VA
    08/19/2021
    $36,523
    08/19/2021
    Connected Home Care LLC
    Companion/Homemaker Job Posting – Free Certification – Worcester MA Q217677
    Companion/Homemaker Job Posting – Free Certification – Worcester MA Q217677
    Worcester, MA
    08/17/2021
    $35,479
    08/17/2021

    Average Companion Salary by Demographic

    Companion Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $23,596
    female-income
    Female Income
    $23,246
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$23,596
    Female$23,246
    Median Companion Income by Race
    Black or african american companions have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or African American companions have the lowest average salary at $23,021.
    $25,000
    $20,000
    $15,000
    $10,000
    $5,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$23,446
    Black or African American$23,683
    Asian$23,458
    Hispanic or Latino$23,498
    Average Companion Salary by Education Level
    Companions with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $24,910 annually. With a Bachelors degree, companions earn a median annual income of $24,184 compared to $23,840 for companions with an Associate degree.
    $25,000
    $20,000
    $15,000
    $10,000
    $5,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$23,246
    Master's Degree$24,910
    Bachelor's Degree$24,184
    Some College/ Associate Degree$23,840