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Nursing, Psychiatric, and Home Health Aides

Nursing, Psychiatric, and Home Health Aides

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Local government $12.15
Employment services 11.47
General medical and surgical hospitals 11.06
Nursing care facilities 10.37
Community care facilities for the elderly 10.07

Nursing and psychiatric aides in hospitals generally receive at least 1 week of paid vacation after 1 year of service. Paid holidays and sick leave, hospital and medical benefits, extra pay for late-shift work, and pension plans also are available to many hospital employees and to some nursing care facility employees.

Median hourly earnings of home health aides were $9.34 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $7.99 and $10.90 an hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $7.06, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $13.00 an hour. Median hourly earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of home health aides in May 2006 were:

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Nursing care facilities $9.76
Residential mental retardation facilities 9.34
Services for the elderly and persons with disabilities 9.26
Home health care services 9.14
Community care facilities for the elderly 8.87

Home health aides receive slight pay increases with experience and added responsibility. Usually, they are paid only for the time worked in the home, not for travel time between jobs, and must pay for their travel costs from their earnings. Most employers hire only on-call hourly workers and provide no benefits.

Median hourly earnings of psychiatric aides were $11.49 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $9.20 and $14.46 an hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $7.75, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $17.32 an hour. Median hourly earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of psychiatric aides in May 2006 were:

State government $13.27
General medical and surgical hospitals 12.31
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals 11.76
Residential mental health and substance abuse facilities 9.65
Residential mental retardation facilities 8.80


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