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Home health aides earned a median salary of $20,820 in 2012, or approximately $10 per hour, according to the BLS. The highest-paid earned about $29,250, while the lowest-paid earned about $16,600. Areas of the industry that pay particularly well include physician’s offices and state government. Eau Claire, Wis., Leominster, Mass., and Tuscaloosa, Ala. are among the best-paying cities.

Job Salary Year
2004 $18,630.00
2006 $19,770.00
2008 $21,150.00
2010 $21,440.00
2012 $21,830.00

Average Home Health Aide Pay vs. All Health Care Jobs

With an average salary of $21,830 per year, home health aides don’t earn as much money as some other health care jobs. For instance, nursing aides earned $25,620, medical assistants made $30,550 and physical therapist assistants received $52,320. However, home health aides earned a comparable salary to personal care aides, who made $20,830 in 2012.

Job Name Salary
Pharmacist $116,670.00
Physical Therapist $79,860.00
Massage Therapist $35,970.00
Paramedic $31,020.00
Medical Assistant $29,370.00
Home Health Aide $20,820.00

Best Paying Cities for Home Health Aides

The highest paid in the home health aide profession work in the metropolitan areas of Eau Claire, Wis., Leominster, Mass., and Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Albany, N.Y. area also pays well, as does the city of Waterbury, Conn.

Eau Claire, Wis.

Average Salary: $51,970 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a home health aide working in Eau Claire, Wis. is $51,970, which is $31,150 more than the average pay in the profession.

Leominster, Mass.

Average Salary: $50,410 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a home health aide working in Leominster, Mass. is $50,410, which is $29,590 more than the average pay in the profession.

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Average Salary: $50,080 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a home health aide working in Tuscaloosa, Ala. is $50,080, which is $29,260 more than the average pay in the profession.

Albany, N.Y.

Average Salary: $48,800 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a home health aide working in Albany, N.Y. is $48,800, which is $27,980 more than the average pay in the profession.

Waterbury, Conn.

Average Salary: $48,800 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a home health aide working in Waterbury, Conn. is $48,800, which is $27,980 more than the average pay in the profession.

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