Personal / Home Care Aide Salary

Home Care Aides in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $10.23 per hour for pay. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the company and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Home Care Aides. Around one in six enjoy medical while about one in ten get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than one-tenth. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$12,005 - $47,569
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$48K
MEDIAN: $23,995
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$8.33 - $15.29
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$12,005 - $47,569  
   
Bonus
$6.88 - $950  
Profit Sharing
$25,175  
Total Pay (?
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$17,067 - $34,019  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 96
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.33 - $15.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.42  
Overtime
$5.71 - $21.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$6.88 - $950  
   
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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$17,067 - $34,019  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,027

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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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As Home Care Aides transition into upper-level roles such as Registered Nurse, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Registered Nurses earn $56K on average per year. It is not unusual for a Home Care Aide to become a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Home Health Aide.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Personal / Home Care Aide


Many Home Care Aides can be found at Self-Employed, Visiting Angels, Inc., Comfort Keepers, Home Instead Senior Home Care, and Addus Healthcare, Inc., firms that are at the top of the field.

Popular Skills for Personal / Home Care Aide


Home Care Aides generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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: $21,505

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

Rochester is home to an above-average pay rate for Home Care Aides, 45 percent higher than the national average. Home Care Aides will also find cushy salaries in Sacramento (+43 percent), New York (+21 percent), Portland (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+6 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Antonio, 19 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (18 percent lower) and Richmond (14 percent lower).

Personal / Home Care Aide Reviews

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

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 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
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Personal / Home Care Aide Salaries

▲16%

▲10%

▲4%

National Average
$22,000

▼2%

Skills That Affect Personal / Home Care Aide Salaries


cooking
▲5%

Food Preparation
▲3%

Kitchen/Bath
▲2%

Home Health/Home Care
▼0%

Elder Care
▼0%

Home Care
▼0%

National Average
$22,000

▼1%

CPR
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 16%
dental benefits
Dental: 11%
vision benefits
Vision: 8%
no benefits
None: 82%
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