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 $10.01 per hour for pay. Lower pay rates hover around $7.95 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $15.20. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and experience level are driving factors as well. In this profession, one-eighth enjoy medical and dental coverage, and fewer than one in ten have vision insurance, as well. Most Home Care Aides like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$13,922 - $45,615
(Median)
$14K
$24K
$46K
MEDIAN: $24,041
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$7.95 - $15.20
(Median)
$8
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$13,922 - $45,615  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $309.13  
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 - $33,232  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.95 - $15.20  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $309.13  
   
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 - $33,232  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 722
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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. It is quite typical for Home Care Aides to transition into roles as Certified Nurse Assistants or Licensed Practical Nurses, where reported median earnings are $2K and $16K higher per year.

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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


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. 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. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $22K in this role. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Home Care Aides with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary 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%

Food Preparation
up arrow 5%

National Average
$21,000

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 1%

Elder Care
up arrow 1%

Cleaning
up arrow 1%

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
45%
5-9 years
22%
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: 87%
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