Personal / Home Care Aide Salary (United States)

Personal Aides in the United States can expect to earn an average of $10.00 per hour. The top of the range reaches $15.15, and the bottom approaches $7.95 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and years of experience. 14 percent report receiving medical coverage from their employers and less than 10 percent collect dental insurance. For the most part, Personal Aides enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Personal / Home Care Aide Salary (?
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$13,962 - $48,685
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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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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  
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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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Compensation may increase greatly for Personal Aides who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Registered Nurse may make an additional $34K per year than lower-end positions. Personal Aides typically move into roles 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 attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area—the median in that office is $29,120—but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $16,752 while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $41K.

Popular Skills for Personal / Home Care Aide

Personal Aides typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Those proficient in Elder Care are, more often than not, also skilled in 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 with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. After five to 10 years, pay—which begins at $21K—can reach $22K. Earnings total $23K after one to two decades. Personal Aides experience only minor salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $24K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five 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 percent. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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New York
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National Average
$21,000
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Pittsburgh is home to an above-average pay rate for Personal Aides, 17 percent higher than the national average. Personal Aides will also find cushy salaries in New York (+12 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Houston is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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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%
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