Nursing Home Jobs That Pay

Source: Stephen Herzenberg, Keystone Research Center, November 2015

From the press release:
Despite generating $407 million in profit in 2014, up from $370 million the year before, Pennsylvania’s nursing home industry employs nearly 15,000 workers who must rely on public assistance to make ends meet, a new study by the Keystone Research Center found. This number represents nearly one in six nursing home workers. Fifty-two percent of Pennsylvania nursing home workers surveyed said they cannot support their families on the wages they earn.

Nursing Home Jobs That Pay, released today, updates an earlier KRC report from April on the industry and reveals the full extent of public subsidy – estimated to cost taxpayers $118 million a year – that nursing homes receive because their low-wage employees must depend on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, Medicaid, or both. The report finds that raising nursing home starting wages to $15 per hour would put more than $300 million in the family budgets of low-wage workers and estimates how much of this income increase, as well as the boost in state and local tax revenue, would go to each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.