Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
985,230 0.9 % $10.01 $20,830 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.85 $8.51 $9.57 $11.10 $13.26
Annual Wage (2) $16,330 $17,700 $19,910 $23,090 $27,580


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 380,210 29.08 $9.98 $20,770
Home Health Care Services 293,500 24.91 $9.17 $19,080
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 84,640 14.69 $10.45 $21,730
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 61,020 7.79 $10.10 $21,010
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 39,240 12.09 $10.43 $21,700

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 380,210 29.08 $9.98 $20,770
Home Health Care Services 293,500 24.91 $9.17 $19,080
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 84,640 14.69 $10.45 $21,730
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 39,240 12.09 $10.43 $21,700
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 61,020 7.79 $10.10 $21,010

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 16,930 0.77 $16.95 $35,250
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 50 (7) $15.25 $31,720
Other Financial Investment Activities 220 0.06 $14.51 $30,190
Other Investment Pools and Funds 330 0.81 $13.79 $28,680
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 970 0.42 $13.18 $27,410


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 170,800 16.14 2.13 $8.38 $17,430
New York 127,860 14.97 1.98 $11.31 $23,520
California 58,110 4.06 0.54 $10.64 $22,140
Minnesota 49,210 18.63 2.46 $11.10 $23,090
Pennsylvania 45,360 8.10 1.07 $10.30 $21,420




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 19,050 24.61 3.25 $9.13 $18,990
Vermont 7,050 23.99 3.17 $10.95 $22,780
Minnesota 49,210 18.63 2.46 $11.10 $23,090
Texas 170,800 16.14 2.13 $8.38 $17,430
New York 127,860 14.97 1.98 $11.31 $23,520




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 4,460 13.98 1.85 $13.53 $28,130
New Jersey 11,120 2.93 0.39 $13.15 $27,340
North Dakota 2,250 5.59 0.74 $12.87 $26,770
Massachusetts 20,180 6.30 0.83 $12.74 $26,500
Delaware 690 1.70 0.22 $11.96 $24,890





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 79,770 15.47 2.05 $10.80 $22,470
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 33,540 19.17 2.53 $11.46 $23,830
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 20,730 91.05 12.04 $8.15 $16,950
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 18,520 8.83 1.17 $8.37 $17,400
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 17,900 20.76 2.75 $8.20 $17,060
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 15,450 4.24 0.56 $10.59 $22,040
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 14,050 8.12 1.07 $10.71 $22,280
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 13,940 11.39 1.51 $12.17 $25,310
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 12,690 6.96 0.92 $11.41 $23,740
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 12,570 99.84 13.20 $8.20 $17,050