Health Care Aide Salary

Health Care Aides in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $11.77 per hour. While more than a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and around two in five have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Health Care Aides. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$18,688 - $51,521
$19K
$30K
$52K
MEDIAN: $29,890
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$8.73 - $18.50
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MEDIAN: $11.77
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$18,688 - $51,521  
   
Bonus
$125.00  
Total Pay (?
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$18,531 - $39,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.73 - $18.50  
   
Overtime
$17.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$125.00  
   
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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$18,531 - $39,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 80

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Job Description for Health Care Aide

A health care aide is the person who is responsible for caring for patients who may be confined to their homes for various reasons. This person will generally work within a patient’s personal home. However, health care aides are also employed in nursing homes, assisted care facilities, or other healthcare environments. The hours for this position are varied, as healthcare is a 24/7 industry. The level of education is dependent on the organization in which the health care aide is employed. Many organizations require at least 75 hours of training, as well as passing a state-issued examination. Many hospitals and healthcare organizations will even provide or assist with the training. A clear and clean background check is often required for this position.

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Health Care Aide Tasks

  • Change bed linens, wash and iron patients' laundry, and clean patients' quarters.
  • Entertain, converse with, or read aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert.
  • Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.
  • Check patients' pulse, temperature and respiration.
  • Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs or automobiles, and with dressing and grooming.

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Pay by Experience Level for Health Care Aide

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


The average beginner in this position makes around $23K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $30K. On average, Health Care Aides make $29K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $25K by contrast.

Key Stats for Health Care Aide

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Health Care Aide Salaries

Mid-Career
▲22%

Experienced
▲16%

Late-Career
▼0%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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