I'm in Western Central NJ (just above Trenton). Starting pay is $12/hr for a PCA working per diem with a $1.50 shift differential. Working PT or FT will get you less pay (but probably more benefits, I don't get any for per diem). Day shift is paid the least while evening is more and night is the most. Unfortunately you could make more in some other job without any certs, but if you love the work then its a great job. Also great if you plan to go to nursing school. PCTs make a little bit more but they have to be EKG and phlebotomy certified.. Hope this helps!
I work in northeast ohio and I was hired at $11.00 an hour with a 50 cent shift differential for after 2:00 pm. I am part time with little experience prior to being hired. Likewise, the hospital I was hired at is a smaller community hospital system. Float pool people make more money than myself.
I live in New York, I have not started to work as one but I have asked around and done some search. In average I can say that the most I've gotten to nail down as average pay is $15, but of course for a new PCT the pay may be less (?). I was at the hospital getting my physical done (exactly for school when I finished my PCT program) and I dared to ask the PCT taking my blood about her job, with lots of respect I let her know I had just finished my program and was a little interested in knowing more about the position from someone experienced, she was very nice, told me it's a great place to start off & I was a little surprised when she told me $20/hr is her pay because she works through private agency. Until now I am still wondering if this part is true though.
ER tech at a level 3 in So Cal. Started at 14.50 plus 2.00 NOC. Most new hires will start out lower it all depends on experience. At the level 1 I worked at in Portland,OR I started of at 11.25 plus 1.00 evening and 2.00 NOC. When I left after 6 years I was at 16.25 plus diffs.