Home Health Aide Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Home Health Aides in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $9.97 per hour. Compensation ranges between $8.09 per hour and $14.39. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by tenure and the particular employer. Medical benefits are awarded to close to a fifth, and one in eight earn dental coverage. For the most part, Home Health Aides enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$12,275 - $39,388
(Median)
$12K
$21K
$39K
MEDIAN: $20,596
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$8.09 - $14.39
(Median)
$8
$10
$14
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$12,275 - $39,388  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $204.63  
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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$16,739 - $30,766  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.09 - $14.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $0.70  
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $204.63  
   
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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$16,739 - $30,766  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,920
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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.

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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. Home Health Aides most often move into positions as Certified Nurse Assistants or Licensed Practical Nurses; those groups report median salaries that are $2K higher and $16K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Home Health Aide


Home Health Aides fill the offices of leading firms Comfort Keepers, Visiting Angels, Inc., Home Instead Senior Home Care, Home Health and Hospice Care, and Partners In Care. Right at Home leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $21K. Also paying near the top of the field are Home Health and Hospice Care at $21K, Home Instead Senior Home Care at $20K, and Visiting Angels, Inc., where Home Health Aides annually earn $20K.

Salaries are easily beat at Comfort Keepers, where median pay comes to just $19K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $16K and ending at $27K, range in salary is rather small. Other low-paying employers include Home Caregivers at $20K and Partners In Care at $20K, though some Home Health Aides there earn up to $32K.

Popular Skills for Home Health Aide


Home Health Aides generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Hospice Care, Long Term Care, Elder Care, and Home Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Cleaning. The majority of those who know Elder Care also know 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $21K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $21K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $22K in this role. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Home Health Aides with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $24K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for Home Health Aides, 14 percent above the national average. Home Health Aides will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+7 percent), Washington (+7 percent), Rochester (+6 percent), and Columbus (+2 percent). Dallas is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 10 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Akron and Cincinnati (8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Home Health Aide Salaries




National Average
$21,000


Skills That Affect Home Health Aide Salaries

Long Term Care
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Hospice Care
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Elder Care
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Home Care
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Home Health/Home Care
0%

National Average
$21,000

Cleaning
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 249 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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