Personal / Home Care Aide Salary

Women comprise the majority of Home Care Aides in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $10.27 per hour on average. 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-sixth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one-tenth collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Home Care Aides. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$12,219 - $48,755
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$24K
$49K
MEDIAN: $23,923
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$8.41 - $15.35
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$0$48K
Salary $12,219 - $48,755
Bonus $0.30 - $2,936
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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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$17,165 - $35,583
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 124
Hourly Data $0$22
Hourly Rate $8.41 - $15.35
Hourly Tips $1.00
Overtime $8.60 - $22.41
Annual Data $0$35K
Bonus $0.30 - $2,936
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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$17,165 - $35,583
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,154

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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

  • 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 Personal / Home Care Aide


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Home Care Aides may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Registered Nurse. The latter position pays an average of $56K annually. A Home Care Aide may also move into a role as a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Home Health Aide.

Personal / Home Care Aide Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Personal / Home Care Aide


Known for taking on a considerable number of Home Care Aides, Self-Employed, Visiting Angels, Inc., Comfort Keepers, Home Instead Senior Home Care, and Addus Healthcare, Inc. are leading firms in the industry.

Popular Skills for Personal / Home Care Aide


Home Care Aides generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Long Term Care, cooking, Food Preparation, and Kitchen/Bath are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include CPR. Most people experienced in Cleaning also know Elder Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Personal / Home Care Aide

Pay by Experience for a Personal / Home Care Aide has a positive trend. An entry-level Personal / Home Care Aide with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 679 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Personal / Home Care 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 340 salaries. An experienced Personal / Home Care Aide which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 242 salaries. A Personal / Home Care 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 111 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,839

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

For Home Care Aides, busy Rochester offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 44 percent above the national average. Home Care Aides can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Sacramento (+42 percent), New York (+20 percent), Portland (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+5 percent). Trailing the national average by 20 percent, San Antonio is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Dallas and Richmond also lean toward paying below-median salaries (18 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).

Personal / Home Care Aide Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Personal / Home Care Aide?

Personal / Home Care Aide in Sarasota:
"Working 24/7 can be hard sometime."
Pros: I likeThat I get to help people. That cannot help their selfs.
Cons: I havent had a break or vacation. In 2 year and my its 24 hour 7 days a week.

Personal / Home Care Aide in Houston:
Pros: I love to help people, im a caring young lady.
Cons: The hours I recieve. I wish to have more hours.

Personal / Home Care Aide in Niagara Falls:
"Guarantee income vs high responsibility."
Pros: When I start working, I start with three clients. Some require me to visit them couple hrs during the week and some is 24/7 hrs case, you had to be prepare extra shifts when someone call off. I work 30 hrs only for the week and I take bus to work most of the time and occasionally catch the cabs home if I had to work very long hr shift. Basically, you need to do most of the housekeeping, bathing, making meals, remind to take medicine, and, toileting. Some clients are nice but some are not. Then you just need to be very patient and trying to understanding why they so miserable which is due to their illness. You just need to be very forgiving to them.
Cons: First got my new clients, their behavior are very different. Some client accept you right away and some are reject your help regardness. The most difficult thing to due with is not the job themselves but people unpredictable behavior. It scare me alot when client just get aggresive and angry sometimes. I think the only thing you can do is ask for help from your supervior. You always had to communicate with the nurse from your agency or the client's family. They can show you how they do when client give you difficult time.

Personal / Home Care Aide in Racine:
Pros: My Clients, and my hours.
Cons: Low pay, always being asked to work outside my set hours.

Personal / Home Care Aide in Baton Rouge:
"Great."
Pros: Taking care of people helping them.
Cons: I don't like being away from my chikd a whole week I do live in care.

Personal / Home Care Aide in Syracuse:
"It's great."
Pros: Helping others that can't help themselves.
Cons: None.

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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Key Stats for Personal / Home Care Aide

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 137 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Personal / Home Care Aide Salaries

▲15%

▲9%

▲2%

National Average
$22,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Personal / Home Care Aide Salaries


cooking
▲4%

Kitchen/Bath
▲1%

Food Preparation
▲1%

National Average
$22,000

Elder Care
▼1%

Home Care
▼1%

Home Health/Home Care
▼2%

▼3%

CPR
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 16%
dental benefits
Dental: 11%
vision benefits
Vision: 9%
no benefits
None: 82%
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