Personal / Home Care Aide Salary

Most Home Care Aides in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $10.29 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Nearly one in six enjoy medical while nearly one in ten get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to fewer than one in ten. The majority of Home Care Aides claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$12,243 - $48,304
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$48K
MEDIAN: $23,841
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$8.39 - $15.31
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$0$48K
Salary $12,243 - $48,304
Bonus $2.43 - $1,007
Profit Sharing $25,175
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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$17,162 - $34,353
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 109
Hourly Data $0$21
Hourly Rate $8.39 - $15.31
Hourly Tips $0.71
Overtime $7.96 - $21.98
Annual Data $0$34K
Bonus $2.43 - $1,007
Profit Sharing $25,175
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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$17,162 - $34,353
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,117

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Job Description for Personal / Home Care Aide

A personal/home care aide is a specialized healthcare worker who visits patients in home and assists them in daily activities that these individuals may not be able to perform themselves. The duties of a personal/home care aide may include simple tasks such as changing lightbulbs or helping with light housework, as well as more involved, hands-on work such as assisting home-bound patients with bathing, toilet needs, and feeding. In almost all cases, the patient may have medicines that must be taken during the day, and the aide facilitates this as well.

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Personal / Home Care Aide Tasks

  • 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.
  • Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Personal / Home Care Aide


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Home Care Aides who go on to become Registered Nurses may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Registered Nurses is $56K annually. It is not uncommon for a Home Care Aide to continue on to become a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Home Health Aide.

Personal / Home Care Aide Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Personal / Home Care Aide


Self-Employed, Visiting Angels, Inc., Comfort Keepers, Home Instead Senior Home Care, and Addus Healthcare, Inc. are top-notch employers for Home Care Aides in this area.

Popular Skills for Personal / Home Care Aide


Survey results imply that Home Care Aides put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Long Term Care, cooking, Food Preparation, and Kitchen/Bath are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include CPR. Most people skilled in Cleaning are similarly competent in Elder Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Personal / Home Care Aide

Pay by Experience for a Personal / Home Care Aide has a positive trend. An entry-level Personal / Home Care Aide with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 679 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Personal / Home Care 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 340 salaries. An experienced Personal / Home Care Aide which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 242 salaries. A Personal / Home Care 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 111 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,713

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home Care Aides will find that Rochester offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 44 percent. Home Care Aides can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Sacramento (+42 percent), New York (+20 percent), Portland (+18 percent), and Los Angeles (+5 percent). Falling short of the national average by 20 percent, the area with the worst salaries is San Antonio. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Richmond (19 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).

Personal / Home Care Aide Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Personal / Home Care Aide?

Personal / Home Care Aide in Sarasota:
"Working 24/7 can be hard sometime."
Pros: I likeThat I get to help people. That cannot help their selfs.
Cons: I havent had a break or vacation. In 2 year and my its 24 hour 7 days a week.

Personal / Home Care Aide in Houston:
Pros: I love to help people, im a caring young lady.
Cons: The hours I recieve. I wish to have more hours.

Personal / Home Care Aide in Niagara Falls:
"Guarantee income vs high responsibility."
Pros: When I start working, I start with three clients. Some require me to visit them couple hrs during the week and some is 24/7 hrs case, you had to be prepare extra shifts when someone call off. I work 30 hrs only for the week and I take bus to work most of the time and occasionally catch the cabs home if I had to work very long hr shift. Basically, you need to do most of the housekeeping, bathing, making meals, remind to take medicine, and, toileting. Some clients are nice but some are not. Then you just need to be very patient and trying to understanding why they so miserable which is due to their illness. You just need to be very forgiving to them.
Cons: First got my new clients, their behavior are very different. Some client accept you right away and some are reject your help regardness. The most difficult thing to due with is not the job themselves but people unpredictable behavior. It scare me alot when client just get aggresive and angry sometimes. I think the only thing you can do is ask for help from your supervior. You always had to communicate with the nurse from your agency or the client's family. They can show you how they do when client give you difficult time.

Personal / Home Care Aide in Racine:
Pros: My Clients, and my hours.
Cons: Low pay, always being asked to work outside my set hours.

Personal / Home Care Aide in Baton Rouge:
"Great."
Pros: Taking care of people helping them.
Cons: I don't like being away from my chikd a whole week I do live in care.

Personal / Home Care Aide in Syracuse:
"It's great."
Pros: Helping others that can't help themselves.
Cons: None.

Personal / Home Care Aide in Fairview Heights:
"How I like to work with elder and for them."
Pros: Helping all the elderly that I come in contact with. After been working for them for a while, you grow to love them very much like family.
Cons: Being able to help them where they need help. Doctor's appointment, shopping, paying there bills, taking them out to eat. I like to see them happy.

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Key Stats for Personal / Home Care Aide

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 124 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Personal / Home Care Aide Salaries

▲15%

▲9%

▲3%

National Average
$22,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Personal / Home Care Aide Salaries


cooking
▲4%

Food Preparation
▲2%

Kitchen/Bath
▲1%

National Average
$22,000

Home Health/Home Care
▼1%

Elder Care
▼1%

Home Care
▼1%

▼2%

CPR
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 124 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 16%
dental benefits
Dental: 10%
vision benefits
Vision: 8%
no benefits
None: 82%
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