Starting Salary for a Home Health Aide

You can get paid caring for ill or injured people in their home.
You can get paid caring for ill or injured people in their home. (Image: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Support that home health aides provide to ill or injured Americans helps to lower in-patient care expenses for medical facilities and people who use the services. Starting salaries home health aides earn depend on the agencies they work for. Salaries aides take home are also impacted by their education and work experience.

Salaries by State

As of 2010, nearly 12 million people were receiving care from a home health aide, according to the National Association for Home Care and Hospice. Aides are employed by private companies and public agencies. Salaries new home health aides earned as of April 2011 averaged $25,000 across the country according to Simply Hired. However, the state that aides are employed in impacts their annual wages. For example, home health aides who worked in New York earned about $29,000 a year, while California employers paid home health aides approximately $28,000 a year. Ohio and Florida employers who operate in the health care industry paid their home aides $24,000 and $23,000, respectively.

By Level

According to the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, home care aides earned a median annual income of $12.11 an hour as of October 2009. The bottom 25 percent of home health aides earned approximately $10.98 an hour, while the top 25 percent of aides took home $13.38 an hour. Social workers who visited patients’ homes earned a median annual wage equal to $23.48 an hour and speech and language pathologists earned approximately $33.65 an hour.

By Industry

Nursing care facilities paid home health aides $10.20 an hour as of May 2008 according to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. This annual wage was the highest for industries that employ home health aides. Residential mental health and substance abuse facilities paid home health aides $10.02 an hour. Furthermore, home health care services, individual and family services and community care facilities paid home health aides $9.70, $9.48 and $9.44 an hour, respectively.

Cost of Home Care

Receiving medical care at home was significantly less expensive than the costs to receive in-patient care at a hospital. For example, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice reports that in 2009, it costs about $6,200 a day to stay in a hospital and $622 a day to receive care at a nursing facility. However, it cost approximately $135 a day to receive medical care at home.

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