Personal / Home Care Aide Salary (United States)

A typical Personal Aide in the United States can expect to take home roughly $10.00 per hour. Pay starts at $7.95 per hour and can approach $15.15 on the higher side. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by the particular city and experience level. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; 14 percent people have both medical and dental plans, and 6 percent have vision insurance. Job satisfaction for Personal Aides is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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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Additional career progression can lead to a hefty increase in pay for Personal Aides. At the upper end, those who move into a Registered Nurse role can bring in an extra $34K per year. Personal Aides most often move into positions as Certified Nurse Assistants or Licensed Practical Nurses, where they can expect an extra $1,428 or $15,803 per year.

Personal / Home Care Aide Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Personal / Home Care Aide

Self-Employed offers the largest salaries in town—$29,120 on average—but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $16,752 to $41K) creates a rather varied pay scale.

Popular Skills for Personal / Home Care Aide

Personal Aides only report a few specific skills. Most people who know Elder Care also know Cleaning.

Pay by Experience Level for Personal / Home Care Aide

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Personal Aides do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. Salaries can reach $22K from $21K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $23K after 10 to 20 years. Though salary increases are not as strong, pay continues to grow slightly for Personal Aides after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $24K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 18 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; a majority of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Pittsburgh
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New York
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National Average
$21,000
Houston
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For Personal Aides, busy Pittsburgh offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 17 percent above the national average. Personal Aides will also find cushy salaries in New York (+12 percent). Houston ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average.

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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
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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%
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