Personal / Home Care Aide Salary

The larger portion of Home Care Aides in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $10.02 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $7.98 per hour and $15.21. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though geography and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Approximately one in eight have medical and dental plans, and less than one in ten have vision insurance. Work is enjoyable for Home Care Aides, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$13,962 - $46,991

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$7.98 - $15.21

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$13,962 - $46,991  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $310.94  
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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$16,564 - $33,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.98 - $15.21  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $310.94  
   
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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$16,564 - $33,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 732
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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. The most common next step for a Home Care Aide is to become a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Licensed Practical Nurse. The former position pays an additional $2K per year on average, and the latter position pays $16K more 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


Home Care Aides report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Home Care, Food Preparation, Elder Care, and Cleaning are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.


For Home Care Aides, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $21K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $21K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Home Care Aides make a median salary of $22K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $24K.

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
up arrow 18%

Food Preparation
up arrow 5%

National Average
$21,000

Elder Care
up arrow 1%

Cleaning
up arrow 1%

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 12% dental benefits Dental: 8%
vision benefits Vision: 6% employee benefits None: 86%
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