Home Health Aide Salary

Women comprise the majority of Home Health Aides in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $9.93 per hour on average. Lower pay rates hover around $8.03 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $14.30. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and the particular employer are driving factors as well. The majority of Home Health Aides claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly one in five, and approximately one-eighth earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$12,164 - $37,755
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MEDIAN: $20,515
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$8.03 - $14.30
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$12,164 - $37,755  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $206.45  
Total Pay (?
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$16,640 - $30,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 92
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.03 - $14.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $0.61  
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $206.45  
   
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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$16,640 - $30,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,778

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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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As Home Health Aides transition into upper-level roles such as Registered Nurse, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Registered Nurses earn $55K on average per year. 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


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Home Health Aides include 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 Visiting Angels, Inc., where Home Health Aides annually earn $20K.

Pay for Home Health Aides is the lowest at Comfort Keepers, which has a median salary of $18K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $26K. Other low-paying employers include Home Caregivers at $20K and Partners In Care at $20K, though some Home Health Aides there earn up to $32K.

Popular Skills for Home Health Aide


Home Health Aides seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Hospice Care, Elder Care, Home Care, and Long Term Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $20K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $21K. Home Health Aides with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $22K. As Home Health Aides reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $24K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Home Health Aides, working in the bustling city of San Diego has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Home Health Aides will also find cushy salaries in Rochester (+7 percent), Washington (+7 percent), Philadelphia (+6 percent), and Columbus (+2 percent). In Akron, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Dayton and Cleveland (7 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
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Elder Care
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Home Care
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Long Term Care
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Home Health/Home Care
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National Average
$21,000

Cleaning
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 247 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
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%