Home Health Aide Salary

Home Health Aides in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $10.33 per hour for pay. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and experience level are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to about one in four, and roughly one in six earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Home Health Aides is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$12,430 - $45,302
$12K
$23K
$45K
MEDIAN: $23,183
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$8.71 - $14.62
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MEDIAN: $10.42
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$0$45K
Salary $12,430 - $45,302
Bonus $19.87 - $1,030
Profit Sharing $1,500
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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$18,116 - $31,785
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 158
Hourly Data $0$20
Hourly Rate $8.71 - $14.62
Hourly Tips $0.67
Overtime $10.21 - $20.52
Annual Data $0$31K
Bonus $19.87 - $1,030
Profit Sharing $1,500
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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$18,116 - $31,785
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,693

Job Description for Home Health Aide

Home health aids play a very important role in the health care system. They are responsible for taking care of patients who may be suffering from a chronic illness or disability. They are also responsible for taking care of elderly individuals who are unable to care for themselves and need care while living at home. Some home health aids work very closely with nurses. They keep a record of the patient's progress to alert the physician or nurse of any sudden changes in the patient's health. A home health aid is in charge of of many basic care tasks, such as giving medicine, changing bed linens, washing and ironing the patient's laundry, and cleaning the patient's quarters. Home health aids also make several checks of the patient's pulse, temperature, and respiration. They help direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs. They also try to entertain, converse with, play games with, and read aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert. Home health aids provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs, and automobiles, and assist them with dressing and grooming. Earning a certificate from a recognized program can be done in as little and one and one-half semesters at any community college. This certificate qualifies graduates to work in entry-level positions as aides. Being a home health aid can be a very challenging, ambitious, and rewarding career. Those who choose this career path need to have patience and have an understanding of what the patients may be going through. They will need to know how to handle many different situations that may arise when working as a home health aid. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)


Home Health Aide Tasks

  • 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.
  • Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Home Health Aide


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Home Health Aides who transition into a Registered Nurse role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $56K per year. Certified Nurse Assistants or Licensed Practical Nurses are common next-step roles for Home Health Aides moving up in their careers; annual pay for Certified Nurse Assistants is $1K higher on average, and it's $16K higher for Licensed Practical Nurses.

Home Health Aide Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Home Health Aide


Known for taking on a considerable number of Home Health Aides, Visiting Angels, Inc., Comfort Keepers, Home Health and Hospice Care, Self-Employed, and Partners In Care are leading firms in the industry. Those at Bayada Nurses Inc can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $25K. Home Health Aides will also find cushy salaries at Visiting Angels, Inc. (+$23K), Bayada (+$23K), and Interim HealthCare (+$22K).

Home Health and Hospice Care, Right at Home, and Bayada Nursing are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries, each pays $21K.

Popular Skills for Home Health Aide


Home Health Aides seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in CNA, Oral / Verbal Communication, Hospice Care, and Long Term Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 18 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include cooking and Assisted Living. For most people, competency in Elder Care indicates knowledge of Home Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Home Health Aide

Pay by Experience for a Home Health Aide has a positive trend. An entry-level Home Health Aide with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 1,553 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Home Health Aide with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 823 salaries. An experienced Home Health Aide which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 712 salaries. A Home Health Aide with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 284 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $22,246

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Home Health Aides, Washington provides a pay rate that is 28 percent greater than the national average. Home Health Aides will also find cushy salaries in St. Paul (+26 percent) and Rochester (+7 percent). Home Health Aides' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Home Health Aides in Dallas bring in salaries that are 20 percent lower than the national average. Workers in Cleveland and Jacksonville earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less).

Home Health Aide Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Home Health Aide?

Home Health Aide in Washington:
"Fine."
Pros: Time to do schoolwork.
Cons: The pay.

Home Health Aide in New York:
"Home care aide."
Pros: Stress free, less commute time. Steady work.
Cons: Less flexibility, dirty conditions.

Home Health Aide in Vero Beach:
"Extremely gratifying to have helping hands."
Pros: Being needed and not just wanted in the lives of those who I help.
Cons: Low pay rate.

Home Health Aide in Rome:
"Taking care of elderly and their home."
Pros: I like the responsibility of passing out my resident's medication. I like talking to them and seeing their smiles everyday. I like knowing that they enjoy having me take care of them and their homes. I also like that they trust me with everything.
Cons: There are workers there that do not do their job so I would have to do it for them. My boss has called me into his office a few times complaining that I do not do my job right and that I am always on my cell phone; which is not true for me but is very true for other workers and they never got in trouble for it. I do my job the way it needs to be done, I get everything done that needs to be; I provide very good care to my residents and if anyone asked any of those residents, they would tell them how great of a worker I am and how much they like/trust me over others. I get picked on a lot even though I am doing what I am supposed to do. I don't like that after 4 1/2 years of working there, I only got a raise of $3.00/hr, especially because of how hard I work.

Home Health Aide in Homosassa:
Pros: The clients I love taking care of people.
Cons: The pay.

Home Health Aide in Henderson:
"Home Health Aide."
Pros: I enjoy helping the patient feel comfortable, singing, reading and discussing current events with her to stimulate her mind. I work very well with the patient's family member. The hours worked fit well into my schedule. I take phone messages, and am also a listening ear for the family member to help her cope with her role as full time caretaker of her elderly relative. Working in a private home is very pleasant.
Cons: I would like to be earning a higher wage. There have been no raises in 1 1/2 years. I would like to be allowed to perform other services for the caretaker, but my job role is very limited. She does have a CNA come in to take care of the patient's hygiene.

Home Health Aide in Philadelphia:
"Like taking care of people."
Pros: Helping people.doing th. Ings they can't do for them self.
Cons: Not. Enough hours. The person needs more time.

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Key Stats for Home Health Aide

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 333 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
10%

Experience Affects Home Health Aide Salaries

▲12%

▲3%

National Average
$22,000

▼2%

▼5%

Skills That Affect Home Health Aide Salaries

CNA
▲17%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲10%

▲7%


National Average
$22,000

▼1%

Home Health/Home Care
▼3%

▼3%

Cleaning
▼3%

CPR
▼4%

medical assistant
▼4%

Assisted Living
▼5%

cooking
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 333 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 23%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
vision benefits
Vision: 12%
no benefits
None: 75%