Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) Salary

Women account for the majority of Certified Home Health Aides in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $10.83 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.84 per hour and $15.19. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Around one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one in four collect dental insurance. Most Certified Home Health Aides report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$14,252 - $41,020
(Median)
$14K
$22K
$41K
MEDIAN: $21,973
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$8.84 - $15.19
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$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$14,252 - $41,020  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $300.67  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,399 - $33,034  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 52
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.84 - $15.19  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.21  
Overtime
$0.00 - $23.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $300.67  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,399 - $33,034  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 967
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Job Description for Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA)

Certified home health aides (CHHAs) are health workers dedicated to delivering personal care to clients with disabilities or other needs requiring assistance, typically directly in their homes or in an assisted living environment. While the elderly are the most common consumers for these services, CHHAs may work with younger individuals as well.

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Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) Tasks

  • Change bed linens, wash, and iron patients' laundry, and clean patients' quarters.
  • Check patients' pulse, temperature, and respiration.
  • Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.

Common Career Paths for Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA)


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There are some Certified Home Health Aides — though it's uncommon — that transition into Registered Nurses, where earnings are an average $55K annually. As Certified Home Health Aides progress in their field, many go on to become Home Health Aides. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $21K. Another common career choice for Certified Home Health Aides is to move into a Licensed Practical Nurse role — this promotion usually pays $37K.

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Popular Skills for Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA)


Certified Home Health Aides usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Hospice Care, Elder Care, Home Health/Home Care, and Cleaning are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Cleaning. Those proficient in Elder Care are, more often than not, also skilled in Hospice Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Certified Home Health Aides, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $22K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $23K. Certified Home Health Aides claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $25K. Certified Home Health Aides who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $26K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $22,842

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San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for Certified Home Health Aides, 42 percent above the national average. Certified Home Health Aides will also find cushy salaries in Morristown (+11 percent) and Tulsa (+9 percent). Certified Home Health Aides in Cleveland report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 20 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Jersey City and Newark (16 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) Salaries




National Average
$23,000


Skills That Affect Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) Salaries


National Average
$23,000

Elder Care
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Home Health/Home Care
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Cleaning
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 32%
dental benefits
Dental: 22%
medical benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 66%
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