Health Care Aide Salary

Women account for the majority of Health Care Aides in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $10.75 per hour. Pay ranges from $8.12 per hour on the low end to $17.72 on the high end. Although a majority lack health benefits of any kind, close to two-fifths do enjoy medical insurance, and about a third get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction for Health Care Aides is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$11,791 - $36,276
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $29,890
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$8.12 - $17.72
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$11,791 - $36,276  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,003  
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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$16,347 - $37,582  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.12 - $17.72  
   
Overtime
$14.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,003  
   
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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$16,347 - $37,582  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 78
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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

  • 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.
  • Maintain records of patient care, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
  • 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.

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Experience Affects Health Care Aide Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
medical benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 57%
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