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Personal / Home Care Aide Salary

An average Home Care Aide in the United States can expect to take home roughly $10.02 per hour. Compensation ranges from $7.94 per hour on the lower end to $15.20 on the higher end. While the particular city and tenure impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. The majority of Home Care Aides claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (90 percent) of Home Care Aides who took the survey are female. One in eight report receiving medical coverage from their employers and less than 10 percent collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$14,150 - $46,452
(Median)
$14K
$24K
$46K
MEDIAN: $23,953
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$7.94 - $15.20
(Median)
$7
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$14,150 - $46,452  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $481.02  
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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$16,504 - $33,806  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.94 - $15.20  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $19.66  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $481.02  
   
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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$16,504 - $33,806  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 697
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Registered Nurse. The average Registered Nurse brings home $55K per year. A common career progression for a Home Care Aide is to become a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Licensed Practical Nurse. Compared to Home Care Aides, the first group earns $2K more on average, and the second group earns $16K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Personal / Home Care Aide


Self-Employed offers the largest salaries in town ($29K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $15K to $38K.

Popular Skills for Personal / Home Care Aide


Home Care Aides only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Home Care, Elder Care, Cleaning, and Home Health/Home Care are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Cleaning are also skilled 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $21K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $22K. On average, Home Care Aides make $22K following one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $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%

National Average
$21,000

Elder Care
up arrow 1%

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 2%

Cleaning
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 118 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: 13% dental benefits Dental: 8%
vision benefits Vision: 6% employee benefits None: 87%
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