Home Health Aide Salary

Most Home Health Aides in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $10.05 per hour. Compensation ranges between $8.22 per hour and $14.34. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by career length and the individual firm. Slightly more than a fifth enjoy medical while roughly one in seven get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly one in ten. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$12,203 - $39,653
(Median)
$12K
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MEDIAN: $22,176
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$8.22 - $14.34
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$12,203 - $39,653  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $206.08  
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
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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$16,982 - $30,857  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 141
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.22 - $14.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.05 - $24.24  
Overtime
$0.00 - $19.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $206.08  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
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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$16,982 - $30,857  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,498
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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 moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Certified Nurse Assistants or Licensed Practical Nurses. The median paychecks in those roles are $2K higher and $16K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Home Health Aide


Home Health Aides flock to Comfort Keepers, Visiting Angels, Inc., Partners In Care, Home Health and Hospice Care, and Home Instead Senior Home Care, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Help at Home, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $22K. Home Health Aides can also look forward to large paychecks at Bayada Nursing ($21K), Right at Home ($21K), and Allen Health Care Services ($21K).

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Comfort Keepers ($19K), Home Caregivers ($20K), and Visiting Angels, Inc. ($20K).

Popular Skills for Home Health Aide


Survey results show that Home Health Aides use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with CPR, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Hospice Care are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 16 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $21K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $21K. Home Health Aides with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $22K. 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

National Average: $21,065

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, 28 percent above the national average. Home Health Aides will also find cushy salaries in Rochester (+6 percent) and Philadelphia (+2 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Dallas is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Cincinnati and Detroit also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent less).

Home Health Aide Reviews

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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Experience Affects Home Health Aide Salaries




National Average
$21,000


Skills That Affect Home Health Aide Salaries

CPR
up arrow 33%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 16%

Hospice Care
up arrow 3%

Long Term Care
up arrow 2%

Elder Care
up arrow 1%

Home Health/Home Care
0%

Home Care
0%

National Average
$21,000

Cleaning
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 285 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 22%
dental benefits
Dental: 14%
medical benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 77%
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