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 $10.05 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $8.22 per hour, and the top verges on $14.34. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Slightly less than a fourth enjoy medical while about a seventh get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one in ten. Most Home Health Aides like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$12,203 - $39,653
(Median)
$12K
$22K
$40K
MEDIAN: $22,176
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$8.22 - $14.34
(Median)
$8
$10
$14
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$12,203 - $39,653  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $206.08  
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
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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$16,982 - $30,857  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 141
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.22 - $14.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.05 - $24.24  
Overtime
$0.00 - $19.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $206.08  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
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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$16,982 - $30,857  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,498
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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 who transition into a Registered Nurse role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $55K per year. It is quite typical for Home Health Aides to transition into roles as Certified Nurse Assistants or Licensed Practical Nurses, where reported median earnings are $2K and $16K higher per year.

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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 Health and Hospice Care, and Home Instead Senior Home Care. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Help at Home, Inc. offers the most; Home Health Aides earn $22K on average there. Soaring salaries can also be found at Bayada Nursing, Right at Home, and Allen Health Care Services, where earnings of $21K, $21K, or $21K are standard for Home Health Aides.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Comfort Keepers ($19K), Home Caregivers ($20K), and Visiting Angels, Inc. ($20K).

Popular Skills for Home Health Aide


Survey results show that Home Health Aides use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with CPR, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Hospice Care are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 16 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. 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.


Home Health Aides with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $21K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $21K. On average, Home Health Aides make $22K following one to two decades on the job. Home Health Aides who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $24K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,065

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

Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Home Health Aides, 28 percent above the national average. Home Health Aides will also find cushy salaries in Rochester (+6 percent) and Philadelphia (+2 percent). Dallas is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Employers in Cincinnati and Detroit also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent less).

Home Health Aide Reviews

What is it like working as a Home Health Aide?

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

CPR
up arrow 33%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 16%

Hospice Care
up arrow 3%

Long Term Care
up arrow 2%

Elder Care
up arrow 1%

Home Health/Home Care
0%

Home Care
0%

National Average
$21,000

Cleaning
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 285 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 22%
dental benefits
Dental: 14%
medical benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 77%
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