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Personal / Home Care Aide Salary

Pay for Home Care Aides in the United States sits in the ballpark of $10.01 per hour. Compensation ranges between $7.93 per hour and $15.19. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the specific employer and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Nearly one in eight report receiving medical coverage from their employers and fewer than one in ten collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women make up the vast majority of Home Care Aides (89 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$14,122 - $46,585
(Median)
$14K
$24K
$47K
MEDIAN: $23,998
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$7.93 - $15.19
(Median)
$7
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$14,122 - $46,585  
   
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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$16,475 - $33,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.93 - $15.19  
   
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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$16,475 - $33,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 687

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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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For Home Care Aides, progressing to a Registered Nurse role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Registered Nurse can earn $55K annually. Home Care Aides most often move into positions as Certified Nurse Assistants or Licensed Practical Nurses; those groups report median salaries that are $2K higher and $16K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Personal / Home Care Aide


Self-Employed offers the largest salaries in town ($27K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $15K to $40K.

Popular Skills for Personal / Home Care Aide


Typical Home Care Aides report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Home Care, Elder Care, Cleaning, and Home Health/Home Care are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Cleaning indicates knowledge of Elder Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Personal / Home Care Aide

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Home Care Aides — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $22K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $21K. Home Care Aides who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $22K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Home Care Aide with more than 20 years of experience can earn $24K on average.

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 119 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
23%
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: 87%
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