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.
|Salary||$12,430 - $45,302|
|Bonus||$19.87 - $1,030|
|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).)
|$18,116 - $31,785|
|Hourly Rate||$8.71 - $14.62|
|Overtime||$10.21 - $20.52|
|Bonus||$19.87 - $1,030|
|Total Pay (||$18,116 - $31,785|
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
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.
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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
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).
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