These Are The 10 States With The Highest Home Health Aid Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 8 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do home health aids get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for home health aids by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for home health aids by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for home health aids after this adjustment? That would be Home Health Aides.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. North Dakota
  2. Delaware
  3. Iowa
  4. Wyoming
  5. Utah
  6. Kentucky
  7. Nevada
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Nebraska
  10. Wisconsin

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for home health aids from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $29210, so our index value would be:

$29,210 * (100 / 135.9) = $21,493

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for home health aids.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of Home Health Aid Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 North Dakota $33,370 $33,170 99.4
2 Delaware $30,857 $31,290 101.4
3 Iowa $29,659 $26,990 91.0
4 Wyoming $29,063 $26,680 91.8
5 Utah $28,623 $26,620 93.0
6 Kentucky $28,408 $25,710 90.5
7 Nevada $27,918 $28,840 103.3
8 Oklahoma $27,769 $24,770 89.2
9 Nebraska $27,063 $24,790 91.6
10 Wisconsin $26,983 $26,120 96.8
11 South Dakota $26,711 $27,700 103.7
12 Kansas $26,674 $23,980 89.9
13 Minnesota $26,180 $26,390 100.8
14 Colorado $26,088 $27,080 103.8
15 Indiana $25,497 $22,820 89.5
16 Alaska $25,392 $33,290 131.1
17 Michigan $25,348 $22,560 89.0
18 Illinois $25,200 $23,840 94.6
19 Missouri $24,823 $22,440 90.4
20 Mississippi $24,679 $21,200 85.9
21 Arizona $24,520 $24,030 98.0
22 Washington $24,372 $25,640 105.2
23 New Mexico $24,331 $23,480 96.5
24 Idaho $24,017 $22,120 92.1
25 Florida $23,814 $23,410 98.3
26 New Hampshire $23,743 $27,780 117.0
27 Montana $23,710 $23,900 100.8
28 Georgia $23,621 $21,590 91.4
29 Tennessee $23,109 $20,660 89.4
30 Pennsylvania $23,017 $23,340 101.4
31 Ohio $22,867 $21,450 93.8
32 Arkansas $22,755 $19,820 87.1
33 Vermont $22,708 $27,500 121.1
34 Texas $22,657 $20,550 90.7
35 Rhode Island $22,642 $27,330 120.7
36 Virginia $22,460 $22,640 100.8
37 Maine $22,283 $24,690 110.8
38 Alabama $21,951 $20,020 91.2
39 Massachusetts $21,889 $29,200 133.4
40 Connecticut $21,527 $27,490 127.7
41 California $21,493 $29,210 135.9
42 North Carolina $21,480 $20,170 93.9
43 West Virginia $21,477 $20,060 93.4
44 Louisiana $20,907 $19,820 94.8
45 South Carolina $20,877 $20,710 99.2
46 Oregon $20,726 $23,960 115.6
47 Maryland $19,984 $25,080 125.5
48 New Jersey $19,056 $23,230 121.9
49 New York $18,435 $24,150 131.0
50 Hawaii $15,836 $26,590 167.9
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