Women comprise the majority of Home Care Aides in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $10.21 per hour on average. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the company and experience level. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Approximately one in six enjoy medical while around one in ten get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than one-tenth. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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MEDIAN: $24,093
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$8.28 - $15.26
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$12,240 - $47,757  
   
Bonus
$6.88 - $630  
Total Pay (?
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$17,034 - $33,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 93
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.28 - $15.26  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.42  
Overtime
$5.63 - $21.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$6.88 - $630  
   
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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$17,034 - $33,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,024

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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 who transition into a Registered Nurse role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $56K per year. A Home Care Aide often moves on to become a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Home Health Aide.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Personal / Home Care Aide


Home Care Aides fill the offices of leading firms Self-Employed, Comfort Keepers, Visiting Angels, Inc., Home Instead Senior Home Care, and Addus Healthcare, Inc.

Popular Skills for Personal / Home Care Aide


Home Care Aides report using a diverse set of skills 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include CPR. The majority of those who know 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $21K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $22K. Home Care Aides with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $23K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $25K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,462

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

Rochester offers some of the highest pay in the country for Home Care Aides, 45 percent above the national average. Home Care Aides will also find cushy salaries in Sacramento (+44 percent), New York (+26 percent), Portland (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 19 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (18 percent lower) and Houston (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
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.
044
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Personal / Home Care Aide Salaries




National Average
$21,000


Skills That Affect Personal / Home Care Aide Salaries

Long Term Care
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cooking
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Food Preparation
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Kitchen/Bath
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Elder Care
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National Average
$21,000




CPR
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 16%
dental benefits
Dental: 11%
vision benefits
Vision: 8%
dental benefits
None: 82%
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