Home Health Aides in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $10.23 per hour for pay. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the company and tenure. Most Home Health Aides report high levels of job satisfaction. About a fourth enjoy medical while roughly one in six get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly a seventh. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$12,331 - $48,173
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MEDIAN: $23,193
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$8.56 - $14.47
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$12,331 - $48,173  
   
Bonus
$20.13 - $1,021  
Profit Sharing
$650  
Total Pay (?
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$17,690 - $31,301  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 156
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.56 - $14.47  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $24.47  
Overtime
$9.22 - $20.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$20.13 - $1,021  
   
Profit Sharing
$650  
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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$17,690 - $31,301  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,640

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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 who go on to become Registered Nurses may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Registered Nurses is $56K annually. A common career progression for a Home Health Aide is to become a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Licensed Practical Nurse. Compared to Home Health Aides, the first group earns $2K more on average, and the second group earns $16K more.

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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 Health and Hospice Care, Self-Employed, and Partners In Care. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Bayada Nurses Inc offers the most; Home Health Aides earn $25K on average there. Home Health Aides can also look forward to large paychecks at Visiting Angels, Inc. ($23K), Bayada ($22K), and Maxim Healthcare Services ($22K).

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 report using a large range of 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 22 percent, 13 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like cooking. For most people, competency in Elder Care indicates knowledge of 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $21K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $22K. Home Health Aides with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $23K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $25K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,533

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Home Health Aides, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 31 percent above the national average. Home Health Aides will also find cushy salaries in St. Paul (+28 percent) and Rochester (+5 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Home Health Aides in Dallas earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Cleveland and Cincinnati (11 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 240 votes.
040
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Home Health Aide Salaries




National Average
$22,000


Skills That Affect Home Health Aide Salaries

CNA
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Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 13%




Home Health/Home Care
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Cleaning
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medical assistant
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National Average
$22,000


CPR
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Assisted Living
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cooking
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 240 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 25%
dental benefits
Dental: 17%
vision benefits
Vision: 14%
dental benefits
None: 73%
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