Over the next ten years, Home Health Aides (HHAs) will add over 400,000 jobs to the economy — a growth rate of nearly 50%. This explosive demand will be primarily due to the aging “baby boomer” generation. HHAs provide crucial everyday support services such as bathing, dressing, and preparing meals for older adults and individuals with disabilities. However, wages are low and getting lower, nationwide. Without intervention, HHA recruitment and retention will become an increasingly significant challenge, compromising the stability of the nation’s long-term care system.
Wage calculations are derived from the median hourly wage reported by the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Program and the Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners and clerical workers (1982‐84=100), Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor.
Poverty thresholds reflect FPL for two-person households in the contiguous 48 states and the District of Columbia. Due to higher cost of living, Hawaii and Alaska have separate federal poverty guidelines. In 2014, the median wage for HHAs in Alaska was below 200% FPL; the median wage for HHAs in Hawaii was below 133% FPL.