Home healthcare providers or aides help people who are chronically ill or disabled in their own homes or at residential facilities. They may provide light housekeeping and psychological support, help patients with everyday tasks, and accompany them to medical appointments. The highest-paid in this profession make slightly less than double the lowest-paid.
As of May 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that the median salary for home healthcare providers was $9.85 per hour or $20,480 per year, with the bottom 10 percent making $7.67 or $15,950 and the top 10 percent earning $14.13 or $29,390.
The type of industry affects income. The top five highest-paying for this profession are investment pools and funds, in which compensation is $16.83 or $35,010; psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals, in which compensation is $16.06 or $33,400; management, scientific, and technical consulting services, in which compensation is $13.14 or $27,340; financial investment activities, in which compensation is $12.91 or $26,850; and management of companies and enterprises, in which compensation is $12.47 or $25,940.
The state where the job is performed can dictate rates. This job's highest-paying are Connecticut, in which compensation is $13.95 or $29,020; Alaska, in which compensation is $13.25 or $27,550; Rhode Island, in which compensation is $12.53 or $26,070; Massachusetts, in which compensation is $12.51 or $26,010; and Vermont, in which compensation is $12.25 or $25,470.
The city in which a job is performed determines wages. This profession's highest-paying are Vineland, New Jersey, with pay of $19.19 or $39,910; Danbury, Connecticut, with pay of $15.46 or $32,150; Hartford, Connecticut, with pay of $14.99 or $31,180; Binghamton, New York, with pay of $14.41 or $29,960; and Utica, New York, with pay of $14.26 or $29,670.
The areas with the greatest employment numbers do not offer the best pay. For example, the industries offering the most jobs are home healthcare services, in which compensation is $10.10 or $21,010; and residential mental health facilities, in which compensation is $10.54 or $21,920. The states having the highest concentration of home healthcare providers are North Carolina, in which rates are $9.71 or $20,200; and New York, in which rates are $11.30 or $23,500. The cities with the greatest concentration of workers are Goldsboro, North Carolina, in which pay runs $9.15 or $19,020; and Brownsville, Texas, in which pay runs $7.66 or $15,930.
2016 Salary Information for Home Health Aides
Home health aides earned a median annual salary of $22,600 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, home health aides earned a 25th percentile salary of $19,890, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $25,760, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 911,500 people were employed in the U.S. as home health aides.