The health care industry is constantly growing, and with that growth comes opportunity. Now is a great time to enter into the health care profession and one of the fastest growing areas in the industry is Home Health Care. It doesn’t take a lot of training to become a Certified Home Health Aide and jobs are plentiful. As an entry level career, Home Health Aide salary is not as high as some of the other nursing professions, but if you live in the right area the pay can be quite good. Using data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics we have compiled a list of the top 10 metropolitan areas in the United States for HHA salaries.
Top 10 Cities in the U.S. for Home Health Aide Salary
10. Glens Falls, NY – $29,880
Glens Falls is known as “Hometown U.S.A.” and is in the Central Eastern part of New York State in Warren County. The population of the area is over 125,000.
9. Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY – $29,970
The Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown area is located in the Southeast part of New York State and is home to nearly 700,000 people.
8. Framingham, MA – $30,030
Framingham is located in central Massachusetts and was selected #36 on Money Magazine’s list of the Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2012. The population is just over 70,000.
7. Waterbury, CT – $30,250
Waterbury has a population over 110,000 and sits less than 80 miles from New York City. With a railroad station with connections to Grand Central Station in Manhattan, Waterbury is home to many people that commute into the city.
6. Casper, WY – $30,310
Casper has a population of over 60,000 people and is surprisingly the Westernmost city on the list of the top paying metropolitan areas.
5. New Bedford, MA – $30,380
Located in Bristol County, New Bedford is home to nearly 100,000 people. New Bedford is known as “The Whaling City” because of its importance to the whaling industry in the 19th Century.
4. Utica-Rome, NY – $31,080
Utica and Rome are located in central New York State and the area has a population of over 300,00 people.
3. Binghampton, NY – $31,950
Binghampton is located in South Central New York State and has a population of nearly 50,000.
2. Ames, IA – $33,990
Ames is the only metropolitan area in the Midwest that makes the top 10 list. There are over 60,000 people in the city of Ames which is located in the center of the State.
1. Vineland, NJ – $48,450
Vineland/Millville/Bridgeton is in the southern part of New Jersey near the Delaware border and the metropolitan area has a population of over 160,000 people.
Things to consider regarding Home Health Aide Salaries
The majority of the highest paying cities are in the Northeast. One thing to keep in mind is that those areas have fairly high costs of living so it is expected that wages will be slightly higher. Another thing to consider , especially in places like California, is that a lot of agencies are hiring Personal Care Assistants and supplementing them with occasional visits from LVN’s or RN’s so there isn’t a lot of firm data on the true Home Health Aide salary in those areas.