How Senior Living Pay Stacks Up in California

Chief executives and general and operations managers who work in the senior living industry make more in the state of California than the national average for those professions, while financial managers make a little less.

That’s according to a sample from a newly launched NIC MAP report that tracks metropolitan, state and national employment and wage data for occupations associated with senior living. The report is based on 2016 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Chief executives and general and operations managers who worked at continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) and assisted living communities earned on average $203,080 and $97,500 per year, respectively, the NIC report shows. That’s more than the national average annual wages of $142,660 and $84,160 for the same professions.


But financial managers in California pulled in slightly less per year than the the national average. Those workers made $109,760 annually, which is less than the national average annual wage of $116,330 for that role.

Some direct care workers also beat the national average wage in the state of California.

California’s CCRC and assisted living nursing assistants earned on average $29,160 per year, compared to the national average annual wage of $25,730. Home health workers at those kind of communities took in about $26,600 per year on average, an increase over the national average annual wage of $23,650.


Overall, senior living workers made slightly more in California than in the rest of the country, the report shows. The statewide annual wage was $32,100 when averaged across all of the 89,710 people who work at CCRCs and assisted living communities, compared with the national average wage of $30,790.

Those interested in viewing the report sample can download a copy on the NIC website.

Written by Tim Regan

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