Personal / Home Care Aide Salary

Women comprise the majority of Home Care Aides in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $10.27 per hour on average. While the company and experience level impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. One in six report receiving medical coverage from their employers and one in ten collect dental insurance. Most Home Care Aides report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$12,147 - $47,633
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$24K
$48K
MEDIAN: $24,079
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$8.40 - $15.26
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MEDIAN: $10.27
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$12,147 - $47,633  
   
Bonus
$2.36 - $1,014  
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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$17,213 - $33,772  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.40 - $15.26  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.42  
Overtime
$6.00 - $22.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$2.36 - $1,014  
   
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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$17,213 - $33,772  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,115

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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.

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Home Care Aides' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Registered Nurse. The average Registered Nurse brings home $56K per year. A Certified Nurse Assistant or a Home Health Aide is a typical transition from a Home Care Aide role.

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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 all popular places to work.

Popular Skills for Personal / Home Care Aide


Home Care Aides report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Long Term Care, cooking, Food Preparation, and Kitchen/Bath are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include CPR. Most people experienced in Cleaning also know 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: $21,642

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

Home to some of the best pay for Home Care Aides, Rochester offers exceptional salaries, 44 percent above the national average. Home Care Aides will also find cushy salaries in Sacramento (+43 percent), New York (+20 percent), Portland (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+5 percent). Falling short of the national average by 20 percent, the area with the worst salaries is San Antonio. Below-median salaries also turn up in Dallas and Richmond (18 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 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 118 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Personal / Home Care Aide Salaries

▲16%

▲10%

▲3%

National Average
$22,000

▼2%

Skills That Affect Personal / Home Care Aide Salaries


cooking
▲5%

Food Preparation
▲2%

Kitchen/Bath
▲1%

Elder Care
▼0%

National Average
$22,000

Home Health/Home Care
▼1%

Home Care
▼1%

▼2%

CPR
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 118 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 17%
dental benefits
Dental: 11%
vision benefits
Vision: 9%
no benefits
None: 82%
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