Personal / Home Care Aide Salary

The average Home Care Aide in the United States earns approximately $10.01 per hour. Pay generally varies between $7.96 per hour and $15.22. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Close to one-eighth get medical and dental insurance, and less than one-tenth get vision plans, too. Home Care Aides who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 90 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$13,200 - $46,299
(Median)
$13K
$24K
$46K
MEDIAN: $23,953
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$7.96 - $15.22
(Median)
$8
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$13,200 - $46,299  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $408.51  
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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$16,516 - $33,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.96 - $15.22  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $408.51  
   
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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$16,516 - $33,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 719
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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 moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Certified Nurse Assistants or Licensed Practical Nurses. The median paychecks in those roles are $2K higher and $16K higher, respectively.

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Home Care Aides seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Self-Employed, where the median salary comes to $30K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($15K) and those starting out ($40K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

Popular Skills for Personal / Home Care Aide


Home Care Aides report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Home Care, Food Preparation, Elder Care, and Cleaning are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $21K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $21K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Home Care Aides make a median salary of $22K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Home Care Aide generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $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
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 12% dental benefits Dental: 7%
vision benefits Vision: 6% employee benefits None: 87%
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