Personal / Home Care Aide Salary

Average Home Care Aides in the United States make around $10.01 per hour. Pay ranges from $7.92 per hour on the low end to $15.13 on the high end. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and years of experience are driving factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Home Care Aides, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. One in eight report receiving medical coverage from their employers and less than one-tenth collect dental insurance. The vast majority (89 percent) of Home Care Aides who took the survey are female. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$14,122 - $46,585
(Median)
$14K
$24K
$47K
MEDIAN: $23,998
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$7.92 - $15.13
(Median)
$7
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$14,122 - $46,585  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $486.76  
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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$16,468 - $33,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.92 - $15.13  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $19.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $486.76  
   
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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$16,468 - $33,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 682

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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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Home Care Aides who transition into a Registered Nurse role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $55K per year. Typical career progression for a Home Care Aide involves becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Licensed Practical Nurse, roles that pay $2K more and $16K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Personal / Home Care Aide


Home Care Aides flock to Self-Employed for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $27K lead the pack in compensation; however, Self-Employed also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $15K at one end to $40K at the other end.

Popular Skills for Personal / Home Care Aide


Survey takers who work as Home Care Aides typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Home Care, Elder Care, Home Health/Home 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.


Home Care Aides with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $21K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $22K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $22K in this role. 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 $23K.

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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Elder Care
0%

National Average
$21,000

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 1%

Cleaning
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 13% dental benefits Dental: 8%
vision benefits Vision: 6% employee benefits None: 86%