Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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 Therapy Assistants ; Occupational Therapy 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
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this major group:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
3,962,930 0.3 % $12.94 $26,920 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.40 $9.78 $11.90 $15.08 $18.75
Annual Wage (2) $17,480 $20,350 $24,760 $31,360 $39,000


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nursing Care Facilities 686,160 41.41 $11.90 $24,750
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 635,150 12.31 $13.87 $28,860
Home Health Care Services 402,080 37.51 $10.72 $22,290
Offices of Physicians 387,110 16.75 $14.56 $30,280
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 318,000 43.01 $10.82 $22,510

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 318,000 43.01 $10.82 $22,510
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 241,920 42.85 $10.85 $22,560
Nursing Care Facilities 686,160 41.41 $11.90 $24,750
Home Health Care Services 402,080 37.51 $10.72 $22,290
Offices of Dentists 279,530 33.94 $16.35 $34,000

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Schools and Instruction 90 0.03 $24.42 $50,780
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 4,260 0.40 $20.20 $42,010
Civic and Social Organizations 220 0.06 $20.13 $41,870
Scheduled Air Transportation 40 0.01 $19.74 $41,050
Junior Colleges 390 0.05 $19.30 $40,140


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 369,930 26.42 0.85 $14.51 $30,180
New York 318,520 38.17 1.22 $13.75 $28,590
Texas 301,000 29.83 0.96 $11.81 $24,570
Florida 214,360 30.17 0.97 $12.66 $26,340
Pennsylvania 206,320 37.63 1.21 $12.89 $26,820




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 19,930 44.47 1.43 $14.22 $29,590
Ohio 202,760 41.20 1.32 $12.02 $25,000
Maine 23,300 40.36 1.29 $12.53 $26,050
North Carolina 147,240 39.03 1.25 $11.59 $24,100
New York 318,520 38.17 1.22 $13.75 $28,590




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 7,190 23.35 0.75 $17.88 $37,180
Connecticut 54,090 33.83 1.09 $15.55 $32,340
Massachusetts 94,430 30.27 0.97 $15.31 $31,830
Hawaii 14,310 25.03 0.80 $15.05 $31,300
Washington 75,410 28.00 0.90 $15.03 $31,270

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 196,820 39.50 1.27 $13.54 $28,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 103,630 27.14 0.87 $13.72 $28,550
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 94,950 26.80 0.86 $13.39 $27,850
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 68,090 37.73 1.21 $13.65 $28,400
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 62,100 24.86 0.80 $12.79 $26,610
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 49,270 29.36 0.94 $14.32 $29,790
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 46,960 23.46 0.75 $13.08 $27,200
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 45,720 27.16 0.87 $13.41 $27,900
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 44,870 37.30 1.20 $15.20 $31,610
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 43,790 26.41 0.85 $15.83 $32,920




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Goldsboro, NC 2,930 68.27 2.19 $10.45 $21,730
Duluth, MN-WI 8,250 67.67 2.17 $12.04 $25,030
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 7,910 63.99 2.05 $9.33 $19,410
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 13,700 62.40 2.00 $9.83 $20,440
Rochester, MN 6,180 62.17 1.99 $15.37 $31,980
Springfield, OH 2,610 55.60 1.78 $11.36 $23,630
Pittsfield, MA 1,840 54.35 1.74 $12.88 $26,790
Greenville, NC 3,830 54.23 1.74 $10.72 $22,290
Johnson City, TN 4,050 53.81 1.73 $13.39 $27,860
Canton-Massillon, OH 8,430 53.62 1.72 $11.22 $23,340