Home health aides are one of the least happy careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, home health aides rate their career happiness 2.8 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 17% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy home health aides are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Audiologist
2.9
$78k
Optician
2.9
$34k
Cardiovascular technologist and technician
2.9
$58k
Orthotist and prosthetist
2.9
$68k
Psychiatric technician
2.8
$35k
Licensed practical nurse
2.8
$45k
Pharmacy technician
2.8
$30k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are home health aides happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do home health aides find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as home health aides?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are home health aide’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are home health aides making the best use of their abilities?

Are home health aides happy with their salary?