Home Health Aide Salary

Women account for the majority of Home Health Aides in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $9.97 per hour. Compensation ranges between $8.10 per hour and $14.34. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though career duration and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Approximately one-fifth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and close to an eighth collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$12,296 - $39,337
(Median)
$12K
$21K
$39K
MEDIAN: $20,713
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$8.10 - $14.34
(Median)
$8
$10
$14
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$12,296 - $39,337  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $205.01  
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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$16,752 - $30,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 106
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.10 - $14.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.05 - $24.83  
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $205.01  
   
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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$16,752 - $30,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,936
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Job Description for Home Health Aide

Home health aids play a very important role in the health care system. They are responsible for taking care of patients who may be suffering from a chronic illness or disability. They are also responsible for taking care of elderly individuals who are unable to care for themselves and need care while living at home. Some home health aids work very closely with nurses. They keep a record of the patient's progress to alert the physician or nurse of any sudden changes in the patient's health. A home health aid is in charge of of many basic care tasks, such as giving medicine, changing bed linens, washing and ironing the patient's laundry, and cleaning the patient's quarters. Home health aids also make several checks of the patient's pulse, temperature, and respiration. They help direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs. They also try to entertain, converse with, play games with, and read aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert. Home health aids provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs, and automobiles, and assist them with dressing and grooming. Earning a certificate from a recognized program can be done in as little and one and one-half semesters at any community college. This certificate qualifies graduates to work in entry-level positions as aides. Being a home health aid can be a very challenging, ambitious, and rewarding career. Those who choose this career path need to have patience and have an understanding of what the patients may be going through. They will need to know how to handle many different situations that may arise when working as a home health aid.


Home Health 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.

Common Career Paths for Home Health Aide


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Home Health Aides' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Registered Nurse. The average Registered Nurse brings home $55K per year. Typical career progression for a Home Health Aide involves becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Licensed Practical Nurse, roles that pay $2K more and $16K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Home Health Aide


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Home Health Aides include Comfort Keepers, Visiting Angels, Inc., Partners In Care, Home Instead Senior Home Care, and Home Health and Hospice Care. Home Health Aides flock to Right at Home for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $21K lead the pack in compensation. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Home Health and Hospice Care, Home Instead Senior Home Care, and Visiting Angels, Inc., top-paying firms where Home Health Aides rake in a solid $21K, $20K, or $20K, respectively.

Home Health Aides will find the worst pay at Comfort Keepers, where the median salary crawls in at $19K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $27K, leaving little room for growth. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Home Caregivers at $20K, and Partners In Care where $20K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Home Health Aides there earn up to $32K.

Popular Skills for Home Health Aide


Home Health Aides seem to require a number of specific skills. Fortunate workers who know CPR can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 30 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Cleaning. It is often found that people who know Elder Care are also skilled in Home Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Home Health Aide

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


For Home Health Aides, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $21K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $21K on average. Home Health Aides bring in $22K after working for 10 to 20 years. Home Health Aides who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $24K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Diego is home to an above-average pay rate for Home Health Aides, 14 percent higher than the national average. Home Health Aides can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+7 percent), Philadelphia (+6 percent), Rochester (+6 percent), and Columbus (+3 percent). The lowest-paying market is Akron, which sits 8 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Cincinnati (7 percent lower) and Dayton (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Home Health Aide Salaries




National Average
$21,000


Skills That Affect Home Health Aide Salaries

CPR
up arrow 30%

Hospice Care
up arrow 2%

Elder Care
up arrow 1%

Long Term Care
up arrow 1%

Home Health/Home Care
0%

Home Care
0%

National Average
$21,000

Cleaning
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 250 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 20% dental benefits Dental: 13%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 79%
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