Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2005

31-0000 Healthcare Support Occupations (Major Group)

This major group comprises the following occupations: Home Health Aides ; Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants ; Psychiatric Aides ; Occupational Therapist Assistants ; Occupational Therapist Aides ; Physical Therapist Assistants ; Physical Therapist Aides ; Massage Therapists ; Dental Assistants ; Medical Assistants ; Medical Equipment Preparers ; Medical Transcriptionists ; Pharmacy Aides ; Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers ; Healthcare Support Workers, All Other

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this major group:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
3,363,800 0.4 % $11.47 $23,850 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.43 $8.86 $10.64 $13.34 $16.63
Annual Wage (2) $15,460 $18,430 $22,140 $27,740 $34,580

About May 2005 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files (XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.

(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2005 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2005 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2005 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2005 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2005 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped Excel files

Technical notes


Last Modified Date: May 24, 2006