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LeadingAge Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report Release

The Assisted Living Salary and Benefits report is published in cooperation with LeadingAge and supported by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL).​ In the report, Resident Assistants (RAs) in Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) showed a 4.05% increase in hourly rates in 2018, according to the 21st annual Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report, recently published by the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS). ​

This year’s number was an increase over the 2017 increase of 3.10%. (Figures represent the increase in RA pay from communities that participated in both the 2017 and 2018 studies.) RAs at larger communities received higher pay than their smaller counterparts. The national average hourly rate for RAs in ALFs with up to 89 beds was $11.46, compared to $12.88 in ALFs with 90+ beds. The national combined hourly rate was $11.74.

In a comparison of 2018 RA actual percent increases by facility type, ALFs reported the highest increases, followed by Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs)  with an increase of 3.21%, and nursing home increases of 2.70%. Turnover for RAs increased from 33.00% in 2017 to 36.23 in 2018.

Data analysis by state showed that RAs in Mississippi received the lowest average pay of $9.33, while Massachusetts RAs received the highest average pay of $14.31. The national average hourly rate for RAs was $11.74.

The Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report covers 20 management and 29 non-management positions. 1,250+ Assisted Living communities participated in the study. The 250-page report includes data from ALFs, Personal Care Facilities (PCFs), and Residential Care Facilities (RCFs). Data is 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 2019. Data is effective as of October 2018. The discounted price for the report for LeadingAge members is $275 versus the $350 non-member rate.

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