Most Health Care Aides in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $11.21 per hour. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about two in five lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and more than two-fifths have dental, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$18,548 - $48,479
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$19K
$30K
$48K
MEDIAN: $29,832
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$8.63 - $17.65
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$18,548 - $48,479  
   
Bonus
$230.00  
Total Pay (?
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$18,313 - $37,249  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.63 - $17.65  
   
Overtime
$16.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$230.00  
   
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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$18,313 - $37,249  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Health Care Aide

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


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $22K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $28K. Health Care Aides claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $29K. Health Care Aides who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $25K.

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Experience Affects Health Care Aide Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

Late-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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