Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
3,954,070 0.3 % $13.16 $27,370 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.50 $9.89 $12.08 $15.38 $19.14
Annual Wage (2) $17,670 $20,570 $25,140 $31,980 $39,800


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 694,270 41.59 $12.03 $25,020
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 638,840 12.30 $14.13 $29,380
Home Health Care Services 403,330 35.83 $10.77 $22,410
Offices of Physicians 394,010 16.81 $14.75 $30,680
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 307,650 40.60 $10.97 $22,810

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nursing Care Facilities 694,270 41.59 $12.03 $25,020
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 307,650 40.60 $10.97 $22,810
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 220,340 38.50 $10.80 $22,460
Home Health Care Services 403,330 35.83 $10.77 $22,410
Offices of Dentists 282,210 33.77 $16.61 $34,550

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Schools and Instruction 190 0.06 $22.12 $46,020
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 590 0.22 $20.97 $43,620
Civic and Social Organizations 180 0.05 $20.74 $43,140
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 4,000 0.38 $19.57 $40,700
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 90 0.02 $19.24 $40,020


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 370,770 26.41 0.86 $14.92 $31,030
New York 318,340 37.77 1.23 $13.94 $29,000
Texas 289,080 28.05 0.91 $12.14 $25,260
Florida 211,070 29.51 0.96 $12.84 $26,710
Ohio 207,820 41.75 1.35 $12.07 $25,100




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 20,440 45.33 1.47 $14.51 $30,180
Ohio 207,820 41.75 1.35 $12.07 $25,100
Maine 22,910 39.80 1.29 $12.77 $26,570
North Carolina 145,440 38.13 1.24 $11.71 $24,360
New York 318,340 37.77 1.23 $13.94 $29,000




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 7,920 25.30 0.82 $17.77 $36,960
Massachusetts 99,730 31.59 1.02 $15.67 $32,590
Connecticut 52,000 32.32 1.05 $15.60 $32,450
Washington 74,710 27.46 0.89 $15.48 $32,190
District of Columbia 11,760 18.25 0.59 $15.19 $31,590





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 198,250 39.16 1.27 $13.61 $28,300
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 102,840 26.90 0.87 $14.23 $29,590
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 100,070 27.93 0.91 $13.42 $27,920
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 67,000 36.91 1.20 $13.80 $28,700
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 60,500 23.71 0.77 $12.97 $26,970
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 48,900 28.57 0.93 $14.33 $29,800
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 48,480 28.93 0.94 $16.28 $33,860
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 45,700 22.35 0.72 $13.38 $27,840
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 44,570 36.86 1.20 $15.41 $32,060
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 43,240 19.41 0.63 $13.35 $27,760