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Home Health Aide Salary

Women comprise the majority of Home Health Aides in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $9.94 per hour on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.05 per hour to $14.34. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but experience level and the specific company are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Home Health Aides. Around one in five report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one in eight collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$12,307 - $38,832
(Median)
$12K
$22K
$39K
MEDIAN: $21,507
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$8.05 - $14.34
(Median)
$8
$9
$14
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$12,307 - $38,832  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $207.43  
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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$16,676 - $30,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 98
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.05 - $14.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $0.61  
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.49  
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 - $207.43  
   
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).
)
$16,676 - $30,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,829

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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 $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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Home Health Aide


Home Health Aides fill the offices of leading firms Comfort Keepers, Home Instead Senior Home Care, Visiting Angels, Inc., Home Health and Hospice Care, and Partners In Care. Right at Home offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $21K. Also paying near the top of the field 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.

Salaries are easily beat at Comfort Keepers, where median pay comes to just $19K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $16K and ending at $27K, range in salary is rather small. Home Caregivers, Visiting Angels, Inc., and Partners In Care also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $20K for all three.

Popular Skills for Home Health Aide


Survey results suggest that Home Health Aides put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Hospice Care, Elder Care, Long Term Care, and Home Care are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $21K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $21K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $22K in this role. After two decades in the workforce, the average Home Health Aide generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $24K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Home Health Aides, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 12 percent above the national average. Home Health Aides will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+6 percent), Philadelphia (+6 percent), Rochester (+5 percent), and Columbus (+2 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, Akron is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Cincinnati and Cleveland (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Home Health Aide Salaries




National Average
$21,000


Skills That Affect Home Health Aide Salaries

Hospice Care
up arrow 2%

Elder Care
up arrow 1%

Home Care
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Long Term Care
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Home Health/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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