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How Much Do Nonmedical Elderly Companions Earn?

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Non-medical personal aides for senior citizens may provide a number of services, from cooking and light housekeeping to shopping and providing companionship. Americans are enjoying longer, healthier lives and many seek to live comfortably and safely at home for as long as possible, which may be why the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that prospects for elderly companion positions is excellent.

Average Earnings

As of May 2012, the median annual wage for nonmedical home health aides was $19,910, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10 percent with the lowest earnings made less than $16,330 and the 10 percent with the highest income earned over $27,580 a year.

Hourly Rates

In a 2012 market survey report, Metlife states that nonmedical home care providers earn an average wage of $20 per hour, which is an increase of more than 5 percent over the $19 an hour wage reported by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in 2010.

Other Considerations

A personal care assistant may earn more based on circumstances. For instance, aides may charge a higher rate for services provided at nights, on weekends or on holidays. In addition, if a client requires extra assistance with grooming, errands or other services, the hourly or weekly rate may be higher.

Personal Care Aides salary

  • Top 10% Annual Salary: More than $36,990 ($17.78/hour)
  • Median Annual Salary: $27,080 ($13.02/hour)
  • Bottom 10% Annual Salary: Less than $20,130 ($9.68/hour)

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