Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

39-9021 Personal Care Aides

Assist the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities with daily living activities at the person's home or in a care facility. Duties performed at a place of residence may include keeping house (making beds, doing laundry, washing dishes) and preparing meals. May provide assistance at non-residential care facilities. May advise families, the elderly, convalescents, and persons with disabilities regarding such things as nutrition, cleanliness, and household activities.


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 occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
820,600 1.1 % $9.88 $20,560 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.81 $8.46 $9.49 $10.99 $12.78
Annual Wage (2) $16,240 $17,590 $19,730 $22,850 $26,590


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)
Individual and Family Services 349,000 27.94 $9.93 $20,650
Home Health Care Services 250,140 22.22 $9.23 $19,190
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 50,400 8.80 $10.39 $21,610
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 38,750 11.69 $10.43 $21,690
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 33,380 4.41 $9.82 $20,430

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Individual and Family Services 349,000 27.94 $9.93 $20,650
Home Health Care Services 250,140 22.22 $9.23 $19,190
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 38,750 11.69 $10.43 $21,690
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 50,400 8.80 $10.39 $21,610
Social Advocacy Organizations 9,290 4.77 $10.96 $22,800

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 4,690 0.21 $14.68 $30,540
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 730 0.31 $14.39 $29,930
Other Investment Pools and Funds 260 0.66 $13.88 $28,860
Elementary and Secondary Schools 3,470 0.04 $13.03 $27,090
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 120 (7) $12.07 $25,100


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)
Texas 127,560 12.38 1.94 $8.48 $17,640
New York 115,920 13.76 2.15 $10.34 $21,520
Minnesota 44,450 17.13 2.68 $11.14 $23,160
California 44,180 3.15 0.49 $10.58 $22,000
Pennsylvania 34,160 6.16 0.96 $10.20 $21,210




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)
New Mexico 18,120 23.30 3.64 $9.23 $19,200
Vermont 6,750 23.20 3.63 $10.74 $22,330
Minnesota 44,450 17.13 2.68 $11.14 $23,160
New York 115,920 13.76 2.15 $10.34 $21,520
Texas 127,560 12.38 1.94 $8.48 $17,640




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 3,870 12.37 1.93 $13.83 $28,770
New Jersey 11,480 3.05 0.48 $12.60 $26,200
Massachusetts 18,730 5.93 0.93 $12.58 $26,160
North Dakota 1,950 5.25 0.82 $12.33 $25,650
District of Columbia 1,220 1.88 0.29 $11.85 $24,650





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 82,090 16.22 2.54 $10.25 $21,320
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 31,330 18.31 2.86 $11.35 $23,620
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 20,880 8.18 1.28 $8.31 $17,280
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 15,400 68.51 10.71 $8.19 $17,040
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 13,760 3.84 0.60 $10.73 $22,310
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 12,780 6.25 0.98 $9.02 $18,760
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 12,500 7.36 1.15 $10.86 $22,590
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 10,810 8.94 1.40 $11.51 $23,950
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 10,280 12.88 2.01 $9.61 $19,980
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 9,990 11.83 1.85 $8.36 $17,390