Home Health Aide Salary

The larger portion of Home Health Aides in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $10.25 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the specific employer and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Nearly one in four report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one-sixth collect dental insurance. The majority of Home Health Aides claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$12,235 - $48,378
$12K
$23K
$48K
MEDIAN: $23,431
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$8.59 - $14.47
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MEDIAN: $10.25
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$12,235 - $48,378  
   
Bonus
$19.73 - $1,030  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$17,802 - $31,401  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 153
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.59 - $14.47  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $24.24  
Overtime
$9.63 - $20.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$19.73 - $1,030  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$17,802 - $31,401  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,627

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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

  • 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.
  • Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Home Health Aide


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Home Health Aides may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Registered Nurse. The latter position pays an average of $56K annually. Certified Nurse Assistants or Licensed Practical Nurses are common next-step roles for Home Health Aides moving up in their careers; annual pay for Certified Nurse Assistants is $2K higher on average, and it's $16K higher for Licensed Practical Nurses.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Home Health Aide


Visiting Angels, Inc., Comfort Keepers, Home Health and Hospice Care, Self-Employed, and Partners In Care are among the top companies that take on many Home Health Aides. The biggest paychecks can be found at Bayada Nurses Inc — the median salary there is $25K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Visiting Angels, Inc., Bayada, and Interim HealthCare, where earnings of $23K, $23K, or $22K are standard for Home Health Aides.

Also approaching the lower end are Home Health and Hospice Care, Right at Home, and Bayada Nursing, each paying $21K.

Popular Skills for Home Health Aide


Home Health Aides seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with CNA, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Hospice Care are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 14 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like cooking. Most people experienced in Elder Care also know Home Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Home Health Aide

Pay by Experience for a Home Health Aide has a positive trend. An entry-level Home Health Aide with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 1,553 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Home Health Aide with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 823 salaries. An experienced Home Health Aide which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 712 salaries. A Home Health Aide with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 284 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,601

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For Home Health Aides, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Home Health Aides can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like St. Paul (+28 percent), Rochester (+8 percent), Staten Island (+4 percent), and Columbus (+2 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Dallas, 19 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Cleveland and Jacksonville (10 percent lower).

Home Health Aide Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Home Health Aide?

Home Health Aide in Vero Beach:
"Extremely gratifying to have helping hands."
Pros: Being needed and not just wanted in the lives of those who I help.
Cons: Low pay rate.

Home Health Aide in Rome:
"Taking care of elderly and their home."
Pros: I like the responsibility of passing out my resident's medication. I like talking to them and seeing their smiles everyday. I like knowing that they enjoy having me take care of them and their homes. I also like that they trust me with everything.
Cons: There are workers there that do not do their job so I would have to do it for them. My boss has called me into his office a few times complaining that I do not do my job right and that I am always on my cell phone; which is not true for me but is very true for other workers and they never got in trouble for it. I do my job the way it needs to be done, I get everything done that needs to be; I provide very good care to my residents and if anyone asked any of those residents, they would tell them how great of a worker I am and how much they like/trust me over others. I get picked on a lot even though I am doing what I am supposed to do. I don't like that after 4 1/2 years of working there, I only got a raise of $3.00/hr, especially because of how hard I work.

Home Health Aide in Henderson:
"Home Health Aide."
Pros: I enjoy helping the patient feel comfortable, singing, reading and discussing current events with her to stimulate her mind. I work very well with the patient's family member. The hours worked fit well into my schedule. I take phone messages, and am also a listening ear for the family member to help her cope with her role as full time caretaker of her elderly relative. Working in a private home is very pleasant.
Cons: I would like to be earning a higher wage. There have been no raises in 1 1/2 years. I would like to be allowed to perform other services for the caretaker, but my job role is very limited. She does have a CNA come in to take care of the patient's hygiene.

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Key Stats for Home Health Aide

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 242 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Home Health Aide Salaries

▲15%

▲6%

▲1%

National Average
$22,000

▼2%

Skills That Affect Home Health Aide Salaries

CNA
▲20%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲14%

▲10%


▲2%

Home Health/Home Care
▼0%

Cleaning
▼0%

National Average
$22,000

▼1%

CPR
▼1%

medical assistant
▼1%

Assisted Living
▼2%

cooking
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 242 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 25%
dental benefits
Dental: 17%
vision benefits
Vision: 13%
no benefits
None: 74%
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