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Home Health Aide Salary

Most Home Health Aides in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $9.95 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $8.06 per hour and $14.35. While career duration 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. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly one in five, and roughly an eighth earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$12,335 - $38,784
(Median)
$12K
$21K
$39K
MEDIAN: $21,018
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$8.06 - $14.35
(Median)
$8
$10
$14
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$12,335 - $38,784  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $205.68  
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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$16,701 - $30,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 99
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.06 - $14.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $0.61  
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.43  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $205.68  
   
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).
)
$16,701 - $30,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,858

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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Registered Nurse. The latter position pays an average of $55K annually. Home Health Aides typically move into roles as Certified Nurse Assistants or Licensed Practical Nurses, and those positions pay $2K more and $16K more, respectively.

Home Health Aide Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Home Health Aide


Many Home Health Aides can be found at Comfort Keepers, Visiting Angels, Inc., Home Instead Senior Home Care, Home Health and Hospice Care, and Partners In Care, firms that are at the top of the field. Right at Home offers the highest compensation with 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 Visiting Angels, Inc., where Home Health Aides annually earn $20K.

Pay for Home Health Aides is the lowest at Comfort Keepers, which has a median salary of $19K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $27K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Home Caregivers at $20K, and Partners In Care where $20K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Home Health Aides there earn up to $32K.

Popular Skills for Home Health Aide


Survey results show that Home Health Aides use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Hospice Care, Long Term Care, Elder Care, and Home Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $21K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $21K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $22K. 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


For Home Health Aides, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 15 percent above the national average. Home Health Aides can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+8 percent), Washington (+6 percent), Rochester (+5 percent), and Columbus (+2 percent). Akron is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 10 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Cincinnati (6 percent lower) and Cleveland (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Home Health Aide Salaries




National Average
$21,000


Skills That Affect Home Health Aide Salaries

Hospice Care
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Elder Care
up arrow 1%

Long Term Care
up arrow 1%

Home Health/Home Care
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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
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
21%
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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