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. Earnings sit near $8.11 per hour on the lower side but can approach $14.34 on the higher side. While career length and the individual firm impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Most Home Health Aides report high levels of job satisfaction. One in five report receiving medical coverage from their employers and roughly one in eight collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$12,365 - $39,189

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$8.11 - $14.34

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$12,365 - $39,189  
   
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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$16,778 - $30,713  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 109
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.11 - $14.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.05 - $24.83  
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.65  
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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$16,778 - $30,713  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,972
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Registered Nurse, where median compensation is $55K 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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Home Health Aides include Comfort Keepers, Visiting Angels, Inc., Partners In Care, Home Instead Senior Home Care, and Home Health and Hospice Care. Those at Right at Home can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $21K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Home Health and Hospice Care at $21K, Home Instead Senior Home Care at $20K, and Partners In Care, where Home Health Aides annually earn $20K.

Workers at Comfort Keepers, Visiting Angels, Inc., and Partners In Care also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for each of these employers come to $20K.

Popular Skills for Home Health Aide


Home Health Aides report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Fortunate workers who know CPR can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 25 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Cleaning. Most people experienced in 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $21K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $21K on average. Home Health Aides bring in $22K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $24K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


For Home Health Aides, working in the bustling city of St. Paul has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Home Health Aides can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+11 percent), Houston (+9 percent), Washington (+7 percent), and Rochester (+6 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Dallas is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 8 percent less in Akron and 7 percent less in Cincinnati, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Home Health Aide Salaries




National Average
$21,000


Skills That Affect Home Health Aide Salaries

CPR
up arrow 25%

Hospice Care
up arrow 2%

Elder Care
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Long Term Care
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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 251 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: 11% employee benefits None: 78%
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