Home Health Aide Salary
Home Health Aides in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $10.27 per hour. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and years of experience are driving factors as well. Nearly one in four report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one in six collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
|Salary||$12,215 - $46,699|
|Bonus||$20.13 - $1,459|
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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).)
|$17,855 - $31,505|
|Hourly Rate||$8.61 - $14.48|
|Hourly Tips||$0.03 - $17.00|
|Overtime||$9.63 - $20.58|
|Bonus||$20.13 - $1,459|
|Total Pay (||$17,855 - $31,505|
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
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. Home Health Aides most often move into positions as Certified Nurse Assistants or Licensed Practical Nurses; those groups report median salaries that are $2K higher and $16K higher, respectively.
Popular Employer Salaries for Home Health Aide
Known for taking on a considerable number of Home Health Aides, Visiting Angels, Inc., Comfort Keepers, Home Health and Hospice Care, Self-Employed, and Partners In Care are leading firms in the industry. Those at Bayada Nurses Inc can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $25K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Visiting Angels, Inc., Bayada, and Interim HealthCare, top-paying firms where Home Health Aides rake in a decent $23K, $23K, or $22K, respectively.
Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Home Health and Hospice Care, Right at Home, and Bayada Nursing. Those companies pay a median salary of $21K.
Popular Skills for Home Health Aide
Home Health Aides report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in CNA, Oral / Verbal Communication, Hospice Care, and Long Term Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 20 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include cooking. Those educated in Elder Care tend to be well versed in Home Care.
Pay by Experience Level for Home Health Aide
Pay by Experience for a Home Health Aide has a positive trend. An entry-level Home Health Aide with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 1,553 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Home Health Aide with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 823 salaries. An experienced Home Health Aide which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 712 salaries. A Home Health Aide with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 284 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Home Health Aides, 30 percent above the national average. Home Health Aides will also find cushy salaries in St. Paul (+28 percent), Rochester (+8 percent), Staten Island (+3 percent), and Columbus (+2 percent). In Dallas, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Cleveland and Jacksonville (10 percent lower).
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