Home Care Aide Salary

Women account for the majority of Home Care Aides in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $10.20 per hour. Pay ranges from $8.67 per hour on the low end to $14.65 on the high end. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Somewhere between a fifth and a fourth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and close to one-seventh collect dental insurance. For the most part, Home Care Aides enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$12,080 - $34,765
(Median)
$12K
$19K
$35K
MEDIAN: $18,665
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$8.67 - $14.65
(Median)
$8
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$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$12,080 - $34,765  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $459.58  
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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$17,699 - $30,783  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.67 - $14.65  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.33  
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $459.58  
   
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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$17,699 - $30,783  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 269
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Job Description for Home Care Aide

A home care aide helps clients perform personal healthcare tasks, as well as provides assistance with housekeeping and other support-related duties. They generally provide care for patients who require assistance due to a medical condition, mental illness, or other issues that limits their mobility and ability to care for themselves. Tasks the home care aide may perform include preparing meals, assisting in feeding, recording temperatures, assisting with medication, and handling laundry, among many others. This job may be physically demanding depending on the individuals for whom they care; for example, home care aides may be responsible for lifting patients in and out of beds, wheelchairs, bathtubs, and toilets.

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Home 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 Home Care Aide

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


Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $21K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $22K. Home Care Aides bring in $21K after working for 10 to 20 years. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $29K.

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Experience Affects Home Care Aide Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Experienced
0%

National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 23%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
medical benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 75%
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