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.

$12,215 - $46,699
$12K
$23K
$47K
MEDIAN: $23,233
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$8.61 - $14.48
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MEDIAN: $10.27
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$12,215 - $46,699  
   
Bonus
$20.13 - $1,459  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$17,855 - $31,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 160
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.61 - $14.48  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.03 - $17.00  
Overtime
$9.63 - $20.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$20.13 - $1,459  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$17,855 - $31,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,740

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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 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.

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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

National Average: $21,656

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, 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).

Home Health Aide Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Home Health Aide?

Home Health Aide in Vero Beach:
"Extremely gratifying to have helping hands."
Pros: Being needed and not just wanted in the lives of those who I help.
Cons: Low pay rate.

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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Key Stats for Home Health Aide

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 267 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Home Health Aide Salaries

▲15%

▲5%

▲1%

National Average
$22,000

▼2%

Skills That Affect Home Health Aide Salaries

CNA
▲20%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲13%

▲9%


▲2%

Cleaning
▼0%

National Average
$22,000

Home Health/Home Care
▼1%

▼1%

CPR
▼1%

medical assistant
▼1%

Assisted Living
▼3%

cooking
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 267 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 24%
dental benefits
Dental: 17%
vision benefits
Vision: 13%
no benefits
None: 74%
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