Women make up the vast majority of Home Health Aides in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $10.21 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though career length and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. About one in four enjoy medical while nearly one-sixth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one in seven. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$12,184 - $41,807
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$22K
$42K
MEDIAN: $22,397
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$8.53 - $14.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$12,184 - $41,807  
   
Bonus
$25.00 - $1,024  
Profit Sharing
$650  
Total Pay (?
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$17,574 - $31,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 148
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.53 - $14.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $24.66  
Overtime
$8.69 - $20.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$25.00 - $1,024  
   
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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$17,574 - $31,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,483
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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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For Home Health Aides, progressing to a Registered Nurse role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Registered Nurse can earn $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


Comfort Keepers, Visiting Angels, Inc., Home Health and Hospice Care, Self-Employed, and Partners In Care are top-notch employers for Home Health Aides in this area. For Home Health Aides, comfortable salaries can be found at Bayada Nurses Inc; in fact, median earnings sit around $23K, the highest in the area. Home Health Aides will also find cushy salaries at Visiting Angels, Inc. (+$23K), Maxim Healthcare Services (+$22K), and Bayada (+$22K).

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Home Health and Hospice Care, Home Instead Senior Home Care, and Bayada Nursing. Those companies pay a median salary of $21K.

Popular Skills for Home Health Aide


Home Health Aides seem to exploit 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 21 percent, 14 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. 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 many Home Health Aides, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $21K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $22K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $23K in this role. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $25K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,456

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

For those looking to make money, Home Health Aides in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Home Health Aides can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like St. Paul (+29 percent), Tampa (+8 percent), Rochester (+5 percent), and Grand Rapids (+2 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 20 percent south of the national average, can be found in Dallas. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Cleveland and 10 percent less in Houston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Home Health Aide Reviews

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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Experience Affects Home Health Aide Salaries




National Average
$21,000


Skills That Affect Home Health Aide Salaries

CNA
up arrow 21%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 14%



Elder Care
up arrow 1%

Home Health/Home Care
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Home Care
0%

Cleaning
0%

Assisted Living
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medical assistant
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National Average
$21,000

CPR
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 221 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

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