Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

31-1013 Psychiatric Aides

Assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff. May assist with daily living activities, lead patients in educational and recreational activities, or accompany patients to and from examinations and treatments. May restrain violent patients. Includes psychiatric orderlies.


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)
69,550 1.7 % $13.55 $28,170 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.13 $10.90 $12.59 $15.67 $19.64
Annual Wage (2) $18,990 $22,670 $26,190 $32,580 $40,860


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)
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 27,440 11.89 $14.57 $30,310
State Government (OES Designation) 17,840 0.81 $13.25 $27,550
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 12,680 2.08 $11.67 $24,280
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,620 0.07 $14.93 $31,050
Individual and Family Services 1,550 0.10 $12.05 $25,060

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 27,440 11.89 $14.57 $30,310
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 12,680 2.08 $11.67 $24,280
State Government (OES Designation) 17,840 0.81 $13.25 $27,550
Other Residential Care Facilities 760 0.47 $11.58 $24,080
Outpatient Care Centers 1,210 0.16 $13.50 $28,080

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 320 0.01 $15.84 $32,950
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 70 (7) $14.98 $31,150
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,620 0.07 $14.93 $31,050
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,000 0.02 $14.80 $30,790
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 27,440 11.89 $14.57 $30,310


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 15,470 1.34 2.65 $11.88 $24,710
New York 5,900 0.66 1.30 $19.64 $40,850
Mississippi 3,680 3.33 6.60 $8.97 $18,660
New Jersey 3,280 0.84 1.66 $16.61 $34,540
Missouri 2,370 0.87 1.73 $12.99 $27,030



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)
Mississippi 3,680 3.33 6.60 $8.97 $18,660
West Virginia 1,540 2.18 4.32 $9.32 $19,380
Montana 880 1.97 3.91 $11.97 $24,900
Texas 15,470 1.34 2.65 $11.88 $24,710
Rhode Island 580 1.22 2.42 (8) (8)



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 110 0.33 0.65 $19.95 $41,490
New York 5,900 0.66 1.30 $19.64 $40,850
Connecticut 1,050 0.63 1.25 $18.02 $37,480
Hawaii 370 0.59 1.17 $17.46 $36,320
Oregon 1,740 1.00 1.99 $16.88 $35,110




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,800 0.59 1.16 $19.14 $39,820
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,030 0.87 1.73 $11.93 $24,810
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,010 0.69 1.36 $11.73 $24,400
Jackson, MS 1,800 6.90 13.67 $9.00 $18,720
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,360 1.46 2.90 $12.75 $26,530
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 970 1.02 2.03 $11.63 $24,200
Salem, OR 970 6.21 12.30 $17.18 $35,740
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 900 0.78 1.54 $16.97 $35,310
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 810 0.20 0.39 $14.51 $30,180
St. Louis, MO-IL 750 0.57 1.12 $12.40 $25,790



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)
Wichita Falls, TX 420 7.47 14.82 $11.94 $24,830
Jackson, MS 1,800 6.90 13.67 $9.00 $18,720
Salem, OR 970 6.21 12.30 $17.18 $35,740
Alexandria, LA 310 5.09 10.10 $10.63 $22,100
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 600 4.46 8.85 $21.11 $43,910
Johnson City, TN 240 3.13 6.21 $9.48 $19,710
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 390 2.94 5.82 $9.75 $20,270
Trenton, NJ 630 2.83 5.61 $17.79 $37,010
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 270 2.35 4.66 $10.69 $22,230
Wichita, KS 530 1.81 3.58 $12.53 $26,050



Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 30 0.06 0.13 $21.97 $45,690
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 600 4.46 8.85 $21.11 $43,910
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 130 0.31 0.62 $20.72 $43,100
Anchorage, AK 110 0.61 1.20 $19.95 $41,490
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $19.76 $41,090
Rochester, NY 150 0.30 0.60 $19.50 $40,570
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 220 0.41 0.82 $19.44 $40,430
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 250 0.56 1.11 $19.42 $40,400
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,800 0.59 1.16 $19.14 $39,820
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 160 0.21 0.43 $18.15 $37,740

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,710 8.62 17.09 $12.05 $25,070
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,490 7.27 14.42 $12.16 $25,290
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 1,080 7.05 13.98 $8.82 $18,350
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 870 3.21 6.37 $11.43 $23,780
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 810 6.30 12.49 $11.95 $24,860

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,710 8.62 17.09 $12.05 $25,070
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,490 7.27 14.42 $12.16 $25,290
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 1,080 7.05 13.98 $8.82 $18,350
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 810 6.30 12.49 $11.95 $24,860
Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 180 5.18 10.28 $16.02 $33,330

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 520 3.57 7.08 $20.16 $41,930
Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 180 5.18 10.28 $16.02 $33,330
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.40 $29,940
Northeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 170 1.82 3.62 $14.18 $29,490
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 310 1.66 3.29 $13.83 $28,770


About May 2015 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016