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 $10.06 per hour for pay. The bottom of the pay range sits near $8.05 per hour, and the top verges on $15.24. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately one-seventh, and less than one in ten earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Home Care Aides, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$12,252 - $46,156
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$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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At the upper end, Home Care Aides who move into a Registered Nurse role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Registered Nurses is a much higher $55K per year. Home Care Aides typically move into roles as Certified Nurse Assistants or Licensed Practical Nurses, and those positions pay $2K more and $16K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Personal / Home Care Aide


Self-Employed does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $30K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $15K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $40K.

Popular Skills for Personal / Home Care Aide


Survey results show that Home Care Aides use a fair number of skills. 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. Those educated in Cleaning tend to be well versed in Elder Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Personal / Home Care Aide

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


For Home Care Aides, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $21K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $22K. On average, Home Care Aides make $22K following one to two decades on the job. Home Care Aides who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $24K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,149

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

Rochester is home to an above-average pay rate for Home Care Aides, 48 percent higher than 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). San Antonio ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. Employers in Houston and Albuquerque also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent less).

Personal / Home Care Aide Reviews

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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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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