WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 15, 2019)—Homecare aides received a larger wage increase than registered nurses (RN) this year, according to the 2019-2020 Home Care Salary & Benefits Reportthe 29th edition of the report. The report has just been released by the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS), in cooperation with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC).

The full report is available at the NAHC Caring Store for $350. The report may be purchased as a bound book or as a PDF.

Nationally, home health RNs saw a 2.12% hourly increase in pay; HCA II received the highest increase of 3.51%; HCA I received 3.30%; while HCA III received a 2.44% hourly increase in 2019.

Agencies continue to prefer an hourly pay mode over per visit pay, with 69.86% of agencies utilizing an hourly pay mode, compared to 63.61% in 2018. The average hourly rate for RNs was $32.90; the national average per visit routine rate was $42.03. New this year was the separation of visit rates by position/visit type (OT, PT, ST, and RNs were surveyed). The national average RN admission per visit rate was $91.70; the evaluation visit rate was $60.07; and the RN recertification rate was $69.62.

  Home Health Agency Data RN HCA I HCA II HCA III
National% Increases Same Participating Agencies Year-to-Year 2.12% 3.30% 3.51% 2.44%

Data from the 2019-2020 HCS Home Care Salary & Benefits Report

The results showed that 100% of agencies offer health insurance, with a national average health premium of $7,288. 86.4% of participants reported that part-time employees are eligible for health insurance. 71.6% of agencies reported domestic partners are eligible for health insurance, and 81.0% of participants reported that same sex spouses are eligible for health insurance.

1,028 home health agencies participated in the study. The complete 190-page Report contains 57 jobs reporting on salaries, bonuses, and hourly and per visit rates. Data include the 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, 90th average, total # of employees, and total # of agencies. Data are reported by state, CBSA, region, agency type and revenue size. Also included are 20 fringe benefits, planned percent increases, productivity and personnel policies.

Information in the report is based on responses to survey questionnaires sent to over 7000 homecare agencies in the United States. There were 1028 responses to the survey.

A separate Hospice Salary & Benefits Report will be published in late November, which is also published in cooperation with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC).