Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
1,135,470 0.9 % $10.09 $20,990 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.91 $8.57 $9.67 $11.17 $13.34
Annual Wage (2) $16,440 $17,830 $20,100 $23,220 $27,740


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 440,790 31.47 $10.04 $20,880
Home Health Care Services 293,930 24.24 $9.22 $19,180
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 126,180 21.33 $10.58 $22,010
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 89,380 10.97 $10.19 $21,200
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 41,750 12.93 $10.41 $21,660

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 440,790 31.47 $10.04 $20,880
Home Health Care Services 293,930 24.24 $9.22 $19,180
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 126,180 21.33 $10.58 $22,010
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 41,750 12.93 $10.41 $21,660
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 89,380 10.97 $10.19 $21,200

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 16,370 0.75 $17.06 $35,480
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 140 (7) $14.17 $29,470
Educational Support Services 60 0.04 $13.74 $28,580
Elementary and Secondary Schools 5,250 0.06 $13.11 $27,280
Other Investment Pools and Funds 70 0.83 $13.00 $27,040


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 182,940 16.76 1.96 $8.36 $17,390
New York 136,140 15.77 1.84 $11.52 $23,960
California 80,530 5.47 0.64 $10.56 $21,960
Pennsylvania 51,280 9.13 1.07 $10.38 $21,580
Minnesota 50,070 18.62 2.17 $11.09 $23,060




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 20,420 26.05 3.04 $9.01 $18,740
Vermont 7,170 24.05 2.81 (8) (8)
Minnesota 50,070 18.62 2.17 $11.09 $23,060
West Virginia 12,130 17.09 2.00 $8.33 $17,330
Texas 182,940 16.76 1.96 $8.36 $17,390




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 4,690 14.54 1.70 $13.91 $28,940
North Dakota 2,640 6.25 0.73 $13.54 $28,150
New Jersey 9,730 2.55 0.30 $13.44 $27,950
Massachusetts 23,820 7.31 0.85 $12.74 $26,490
Connecticut 17,340 10.60 1.24 $12.08 $25,120





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 80,200 15.30 1.79 $11.06 $23,000
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 36,480 20.36 2.38 $11.39 $23,680
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 22,650 6.12 0.71 $10.58 $22,000
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 22,330 95.56 11.16 $8.16 $16,970
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 21,250 9.88 1.15 $8.32 $17,300
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 21,120 5.31 0.62 $10.35 $21,530
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 18,060 10.14 1.18 $10.75 $22,370
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 16,700 20.52 2.40 $10.15 $21,110
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 16,700 9.08 1.06 $11.04 $22,960
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 16,300 13.19 1.54 $12.47 $25,950