The 10 States With The Highest Home Health Aid Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 1 month 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. Nevada
  2. North Dakota
  3. Iowa
  4. Wyoming
  5. Delaware
  6. South Dakota
  7. Minnesota
  8. Washington
  9. Utah
  10. Michigan

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 2018 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 $33680, so our index value would be:

$33,680 * (100 / 135.9) = $24,782

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 Nevada $34,317 $35,450 103.3
2 North Dakota $34,305 $34,100 99.4
3 Iowa $33,318 $30,320 91.0
4 Wyoming $30,566 $28,060 91.8
5 Delaware $29,151 $29,560 101.4
6 South Dakota $28,756 $29,820 103.7
7 Minnesota $28,710 $28,940 100.8
8 Washington $28,612 $30,100 105.2
9 Utah $28,580 $26,580 93.0
10 Michigan $27,831 $24,770 89.0
11 Missouri $27,743 $25,080 90.4
12 Kansas $27,319 $24,560 89.9
13 Idaho $27,307 $25,150 92.1
14 Kentucky $27,027 $24,460 90.5
15 Rhode Island $26,876 $32,440 120.7
16 Illinois $26,818 $25,370 94.6
17 Indiana $26,770 $23,960 89.5
18 Nebraska $26,615 $24,380 91.6
19 Arkansas $26,486 $23,070 87.1
20 Mississippi $26,286 $22,580 85.9
21 Oklahoma $26,210 $23,380 89.2
22 Wisconsin $26,167 $25,330 96.8
23 Colorado $25,992 $26,980 103.8
24 Arizona $25,989 $25,470 98.0
25 Montana $25,734 $25,940 100.8
26 Georgia $25,317 $23,140 91.4
27 Tennessee $25,302 $22,620 89.4
28 Pennsylvania $24,960 $25,310 101.4
29 New Hampshire $24,905 $29,140 117.0
30 California $24,782 $33,680 135.9
31 West Virginia $24,753 $23,120 93.4
32 Maine $24,711 $27,380 110.8
33 Florida $24,699 $24,280 98.3
34 Texas $24,156 $21,910 90.7
35 Ohio $24,061 $22,570 93.8
36 New Mexico $23,917 $23,080 96.5
37 Virginia $23,253 $23,440 100.8
38 Vermont $23,212 $28,110 121.1
39 Massachusetts $23,110 $30,830 133.4
40 Oregon $22,880 $26,450 115.6
41 Alaska $22,799 $29,890 131.1
42 Alabama $22,785 $20,780 91.2
43 North Carolina $22,492 $21,120 93.9
44 Louisiana $22,236 $21,080 94.8
45 Connecticut $22,114 $28,240 127.7
46 South Carolina $21,985 $21,810 99.2
47 Maryland $21,944 $27,540 125.5
48 New Jersey $20,057 $24,450 121.9
49 New York $20,030 $26,240 131.0
50 Hawaii $16,450 $27,620 167.9
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