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Personal / Home Care Aide Salary (United States)

Home Care Aides in the United States usually make around $10.00 per hour. Compensation ranges between $7.95 per hour and $15.15. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by geography and tenure. Nearly one in seven report receiving medical coverage from their employers and less than 10 percent collect dental insurance. In a profession dominated by women, 90 percent of Home Care Aides are female. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Personal / Home Care Aide Salary (?
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$13,962 - $48,685
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $24,382
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Personal / Home Care Aide Salary (?
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$7.95 - $15.15
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$13,962 - $48,685  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $489.31  
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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$16,536 - $34,357  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 77
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.95 - $15.15  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $19.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $489.31  
   
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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$16,536 - $34,357  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 644
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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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As Home Care Aides transition into upper-level roles such as Registered Nurse, they may see a strong upturn in salary. a Registered Nurse typically earns $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 $1K and $16K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Personal / Home Care Aide

Employees of Self-Employed can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $29K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $17K to $41K.

Popular Skills for Personal / Home Care Aide

Home Care Aides report a narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with Elder Care, Home Health/Home Care, and Cleaning can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those familiar with Elder Care also tend to know Cleaning.

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. 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 $23K in this role. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $24K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, a majority land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one-tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

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New York
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National Average
$21,000
Houston
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Pittsburgh offers some of the highest pay in the country for Home Care Aides, 17 percent above the national average. Home Care Aides will also find cushy salaries in New York (+12 percent). Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Houston.

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

Elder Care
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National Average
$21,000
Home Health/Home Care
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Cleaning
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
90%
female alumni
 
Male
10%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 14% dental benefits Dental: 8%
vision benefits Vision: 6% employee benefits None: 85%