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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 $9.92 per hour on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $7.98 per hour and $14.34. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though years of experience and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction for Home Health Aides is high. A little less than one-fifth enjoy medical while about an eighth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than 10 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$13,860 - $39,256
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $23,768
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$7.98 - $14.34
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$13,860 - $39,256  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $256.65  
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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$16,594 - $30,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.98 - $14.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $0.61  
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $256.65  
   
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).
)
$16,594 - $30,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,701
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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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Compensation may increase greatly for Home Health Aides who advance to upper-end positions like Registered Nurse. Median pay for Registered Nurses is $55K per year. 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.

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, Home Instead Senior Home Care, Visiting Angels, Inc., Home Health and Hospice Care, and Partners In Care, firms that are at the top of the field. Right at Home leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $21K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Home Health and Hospice Care, Home Instead Senior Home Care, and Visiting Angels, Inc., where earnings of $21K, $20K, or $20K are standard for Home Health Aides.

Employees at Comfort Keepers take home the smallest paychecks, and $18K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $16K and quickly nearing the top at only $25K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Home Caregivers, Partners In Care, and Visiting Angels, Inc., all paying $20K.

Popular Skills for Home Health Aide


Home Health Aides report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Hospice Care, Elder Care, Home Care, and Home Health/Home Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people 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. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $21K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $20K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Home Health Aides make a median salary of $22K. Home Health Aides who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $23K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Home Health Aides, busy Rochester offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 8 percent above the national average. Home Health Aides can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+7 percent), Washington (+6 percent), Philadelphia (+2 percent), and Columbus (+2 percent). Dayton is the lowest-paying area, 8 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in St. Louis and Cleveland (5 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Home Health Aide Salaries




National Average
$21,000


Skills That Affect Home Health Aide Salaries

Elder Care
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Hospice Care
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Home Health/Home Care
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National Average
$21,000

Long Term Care
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 225 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 19% dental benefits Dental: 12%
vision benefits Vision: 9% employee benefits None: 80%