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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

31-1133 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 Psychiatric Aides
Industry profile for Psychiatric Aides
Geographic profile for Psychiatric Aides

National estimates for Psychiatric Aides:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Psychiatric Aides:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
51,550 2.3 % $ 16.01 $ 33,300 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Psychiatric Aides:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.50 $ 12.32 $ 15.18 $ 18.88 $ 23.50
Annual Wage (2) $ 21,840 $ 25,630 $ 31,570 $ 39,270 $ 48,880


Industry profile for Psychiatric Aides:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Psychiatric Aides are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Psychiatric Aides, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Psychiatric Aides:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 23,250 9.61 $ 16.97 $ 35,290
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 11,120 0.51 $ 15.67 $ 32,580
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 6,040 0.96 $ 13.23 $ 27,520
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,520 0.06 $ 18.54 $ 38,560
Outpatient Care Centers 2,380 0.25 $ 14.66 $ 30,500

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Psychiatric Aides:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 23,250 9.61 $ 16.97 $ 35,290
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 6,040 0.96 $ 13.23 $ 27,520
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 11,120 0.51 $ 15.67 $ 32,580
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 770 0.29 $ 13.63 $ 28,360
Outpatient Care Centers 2,380 0.25 $ 14.66 $ 30,500

Top paying industries for Psychiatric Aides:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 70 (7) $ 20.38 $ 42,390
Employment Services 220 0.01 $ 18.94 $ 39,400
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,520 0.06 $ 18.54 $ 38,560
Vocational Rehabilitation Services (8) (8) $ 17.23 $ 35,840
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 23,250 9.61 $ 16.97 $ 35,290


Geographic profile for Psychiatric Aides:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Psychiatric Aides are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Psychiatric Aides, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Psychiatric Aides:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 5,420 0.62 1.68 $ 21.82 $ 45,390
Texas 5,110 0.42 1.14 $ 13.43 $ 27,940
Mississippi 3,020 2.81 7.57 $ 10.89 $ 22,650
Tennessee 2,440 0.84 2.26 $ 12.83 $ 26,690
New Jersey 2,180 0.58 1.55 $ 20.17 $ 41,960




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Psychiatric Aides:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Mississippi 3,020 2.81 7.57 $ 10.89 $ 22,650
West Virginia 1,470 2.26 6.11 $ 11.66 $ 24,240
Tennessee 2,440 0.84 2.26 $ 12.83 $ 26,690
Alabama 1,580 0.83 2.24 $ 11.97 $ 24,910
New Hampshire 400 0.65 1.76 $ 18.92 $ 39,360




Top paying states for Psychiatric Aides:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 5,420 0.62 1.68 $ 21.82 $ 45,390
Washington 370 0.12 0.32 $ 21.41 $ 44,540
Connecticut 660 0.43 1.16 $ 21.03 $ 43,740
Oregon 1,080 0.60 1.62 $ 20.82 $ 43,300
Minnesota 840 0.31 0.83 $ 20.59 $ 42,830





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Psychiatric Aides:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,670 0.53 1.43 $ 20.81 $ 43,270
Jackson, MS 1,430 5.67 15.29 $ 10.88 $ 22,620
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,200 0.45 1.20 $ 18.98 $ 39,480
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 900 0.90 2.43 $ 13.93 $ 28,980
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 790 0.30 0.82 $ 18.01 $ 37,470
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 690 0.72 1.94 $ 13.46 $ 28,000
Austin-Round Rock, TX 590 0.56 1.50 $ 14.52 $ 30,200
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 570 0.16 0.43 $ 13.38 $ 27,830
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 490 0.08 0.23 $ 16.45 $ 34,220
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 490 0.27 0.74 $ 16.18 $ 33,650




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Psychiatric Aides:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Jackson, MS 1,430 5.67 15.29 $ 10.88 $ 22,620
Wheeling, WV-OH 250 4.37 11.79 $ 11.06 $ 23,000
Alexandria, LA 240 4.17 11.25 $ 13.50 $ 28,070
Utica-Rome, NY 410 3.56 9.59 $ 24.47 $ 50,890
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 340 2.75 7.41 $ 13.57 $ 28,220
Columbus, GA-AL 260 2.32 6.27 $ 11.91 $ 24,770
Jackson, TN 130 2.02 5.44 $ 10.31 $ 21,440
Johnson City, TN 140 1.90 5.13 $ 11.67 $ 24,260
Charleston, WV 190 1.86 5.01 $ 10.73 $ 22,320
Chattanooga, TN-GA 400 1.64 4.42 $ 12.33 $ 25,650




Top paying metropolitan areas for Psychiatric Aides:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utica-Rome, NY 410 3.56 9.59 $ 24.47 $ 50,890
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 170 0.12 0.32 $ 23.85 $ 49,610
Rochester, NY 120 0.25 0.68 $ 23.22 $ 48,300
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 280 0.14 0.39 $ 22.74 $ 47,300
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 40 0.35 0.94 $ 22.64 $ 47,090
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 100 0.11 0.28 $ 21.69 $ 45,120
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 360 0.12 0.32 $ 21.67 $ 45,070
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,670 0.53 1.43 $ 20.81 $ 43,270
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $ 20.80 $ 43,250
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 90 0.21 0.57 $ 20.68 $ 43,000

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Psychiatric Aides:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 750 3.92 10.58 $ 13.11 $ 27,270
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 740 5.05 13.63 $ 11.06 $ 23,000
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 520 3.89 10.50 $ 23.03 $ 47,900
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 320 1.45 3.90 $ 10.78 $ 22,420
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 220 1.79 4.84 $ 13.32 $ 27,700

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Psychiatric Aides:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 740 5.05 13.63 $ 11.06 $ 23,000
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 750 3.92 10.58 $ 13.11 $ 27,270
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 520 3.89 10.50 $ 23.03 $ 47,900
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 180 1.98 5.34 $ 10.53 $ 21,900
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area 180 1.81 4.88 $ 14.25 $ 29,640

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Psychiatric Aides:

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 3.89 10.50 $ 23.03 $ 47,900
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 160 1.08 2.92 $ 21.20 $ 44,090
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.52 1.40 $ 19.93 $ 41,450
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 100 0.73 1.98 $ 19.33 $ 40,200
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 170 1.71 4.61 $ 17.14 $ 35,640


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021