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 $10.06 per hour on average. Pay ranges from $8.05 per hour on the low end to $15.24 on the high end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Approximately one-seventh report receiving medical coverage from their employers and fewer than one in ten collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$12,252 - $46,156
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$12K
$24K
$46K
MEDIAN: $23,961
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$8.05 - $15.24
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$12,252 - $46,156  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $293.61  
Profit Sharing
$100.00  
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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$16,667 - $32,906  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 94
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.05 - $15.24  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.29  
Overtime
$0.79 - $18.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $293.61  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.00  
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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$16,667 - $32,906  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 872
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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

  • 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 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 $55K on average per year. It is quite typical for Home Care Aides to transition into roles as Certified Nurse Assistants or Licensed Practical Nurses, where reported median earnings are $2K and $16K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Personal / Home Care Aide


For Home Care Aides, comfortable salaries can be found at Self-Employed; in fact, average earnings are around $30K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($15K versus $40K) is great.

Popular Skills for Personal / Home Care Aide


Survey results imply that Home Care Aides put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Home Care and Food Preparation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Most people experienced in Cleaning also know Elder Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Personal / Home Care Aide

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Home Care Aides — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $21K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $22K. For Home Care Aides, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $22K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Home Care Aide with more than 20 years of experience can earn $24K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,149

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, 48 percent above the national average. Home Care Aides will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), Pittsburgh (+16 percent), and New York (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in San Antonio. Workers in Houston and Albuquerque earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 9 percent.

Personal / Home Care Aide Reviews

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

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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Experience Affects Personal / Home Care Aide Salaries




National Average
$21,000


Skills That Affect Personal / Home Care Aide Salaries

Home Care
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Food Preparation
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Elder Care
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Long Term Care
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National Average
$21,000

Home Health/Home Care
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Cleaning
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 134 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 14%
dental benefits
Dental: 9%
medical benefits
Vision: 7%
dental benefits
None: 84%
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