This research brief provides the latest annual snapshot of the U.S. home care workforce, including key demographics and a variety of wage and employment trends. This year’s research found that nearly 2.3 million home care workers earn a median hourly wage of $11.52 and about $16,200 annually. One in six home care workers lives below the federal poverty line and more than half rely on some form of public assistance.
Nearly 2.3 million home care workers provide personal assistance and health care support to older adults and people with disabilities.
From 2016 to 2026, the home care sector will need to fill 4.2 million home care worker job openings.
With a median hourly wage of $11.52 and inconsistent work hours, home care workers typically earn $16,200 annually.
Caring for the Future
Our new policy report takes an extensive look at today's direct care workforce—in five installments.