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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
39,140 2.5 % $ 16.65 $ 34,640 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Psychiatric Aides:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.12 $ 12.29 $ 14.55 $ 19.69 $ 23.14
Annual Wage (2) $ 23,120 $ 25,560 $ 30,260 $ 40,960 $ 48,140


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 15,950 6.67 $ 17.59 $ 36,590
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 7,370 0.34 $ 16.17 $ 33,640
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 3,750 0.61 $ 12.94 $ 26,910
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,710 0.07 $ 18.96 $ 39,440
Outpatient Care Centers 1,410 0.14 $ 15.90 $ 33,080

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 15,950 6.67 $ 17.59 $ 36,590
Other Residential Care Facilities 1,090 0.72 $ 12.10 $ 25,160
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 3,750 0.61 $ 12.94 $ 26,910
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 7,370 0.34 $ 16.17 $ 33,640
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 620 0.23 $ 18.79 $ 39,080

Top paying industries for Psychiatric Aides:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Employment Services 120 (7) $ 20.41 $ 42,440
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,710 0.07 $ 18.96 $ 39,440
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 620 0.23 $ 18.79 $ 39,080
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services (8) (8) $ 18.77 $ 39,040
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 15,950 6.67 $ 17.59 $ 36,590


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.



Map of employment of psychiatric aides by state, May 2021


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 5,230 0.60 2.17 $ 21.97 $ 45,700
Texas 4,070 0.33 1.20 $ 12.93 $ 26,890
Mississippi 2,620 2.38 8.56 $ 11.09 $ 23,060
Tennessee 2,360 0.79 2.84 $ 13.42 $ 27,910
Florida 2,050 0.24 0.86 $ 13.88 $ 28,860


Map of location quotient of psychiatric aides by state, May 2021


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)
West Virginia 1,590 2.42 8.71 $ 12.38 $ 25,740
Mississippi 2,620 2.38 8.56 $ 11.09 $ 23,060
Vermont 320 1.11 4.00 $ 16.82 $ 34,990
Montana 440 0.93 3.34 $ 15.16 $ 31,530
Tennessee 2,360 0.79 2.84 $ 13.42 $ 27,910


Map of annual mean wages of psychiatric aides by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Psychiatric Aides:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 270 0.17 0.61 $ 22.60 $ 47,000
California (8) (8) (8) $ 22.31 $ 46,410
New York 5,230 0.60 2.17 $ 21.97 $ 45,700
Washington 340 0.11 0.39 $ 21.68 $ 45,100
Oregon 760 0.41 1.49 $ 21.66 $ 45,040



Map of employment of psychiatric aides by area, May 2021


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 4,230 0.49 1.75 $ 21.04 $ 43,760
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 960 0.36 1.30 $ 20.41 $ 42,450
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 770 0.79 2.85 $ 14.19 $ 29,510
Tuscaloosa, AL 750 7.74 27.84 $ 12.77 $ 26,570
Tallahassee, FL 710 4.20 15.10 $ 13.11 $ 27,270
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 650 0.25 0.90 $ 19.92 $ 41,430
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 550 0.30 1.08 $ 20.95 $ 43,570
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 480 0.13 0.48 $ 13.58 $ 28,240
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 470 0.26 0.94 $ 18.91 $ 39,340
Jacksonville, FL 460 0.67 2.40 $ 12.77 $ 26,560


Map of location quotient of psychiatric aides by area, May 2021


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)
Tuscaloosa, AL 750 7.74 27.84 $ 12.77 $ 26,570
Wichita Falls, TX 350 6.44 23.17 $ 13.13 $ 27,310
Tallahassee, FL 710 4.20 15.10 $ 13.11 $ 27,270
Utica-Rome, NY 410 3.60 12.97 $ 24.98 $ 51,960
Parkersburg-Vienna, WV 120 3.35 12.05 $ 11.62 $ 24,160
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 290 2.32 8.33 $ 12.21 $ 25,400
Columbus, GA-AL 200 1.79 6.43 $ 13.29 $ 27,640
Waco, TX 180 1.52 5.49 $ 13.11 $ 27,260
Gainesville, FL 180 1.37 4.93 $ 13.09 $ 27,220
Johnson City, TN 100 1.29 4.65 $ 12.42 $ 25,840


Map of annual mean wages of psychiatric aides by area, May 2021


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)
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 80 0.06 0.22 $ 26.36 $ 54,830
Stockton-Lodi, CA 50 0.21 0.77 $ 25.96 $ 54,000
Utica-Rome, NY 410 3.60 12.97 $ 24.98 $ 51,960
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 110 0.28 1.02 $ 23.69 $ 49,260
Rochester, NY 140 0.29 1.04 $ 23.65 $ 49,190
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 80 0.14 0.52 $ 22.67 $ 47,160
Pittsburgh, PA 330 0.32 1.13 $ 22.19 $ 46,160
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 240 0.16 0.56 $ 21.96 $ 45,680
Anchorage, AK 140 0.89 3.20 $ 21.51 $ 44,730
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV (8) (8) (8) $ 21.21 $ 44,120

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 4.10 14.74 $ 13.42 $ 27,920
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 720 5.01 18.03 $ 11.12 $ 23,120
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 500 3.72 13.40 $ 22.93 $ 47,700
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 350 2.56 9.21 $ 15.55 $ 32,350
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 310 1.40 5.02 $ 10.82 $ 22,510

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 720 5.01 18.03 $ 11.12 $ 23,120
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 750 4.10 14.74 $ 13.42 $ 27,920
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 500 3.72 13.40 $ 22.93 $ 47,700
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 350 2.56 9.21 $ 15.55 $ 32,350
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 240 2.55 9.19 $ 17.21 $ 35,800

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 500 3.72 13.40 $ 22.93 $ 47,700
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 100 1.00 3.59 $ 19.96 $ 41,520
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 210 2.39 8.61 $ 19.38 $ 40,310
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 80 0.59 2.13 $ 18.34 $ 38,160
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 240 2.55 9.19 $ 17.21 $ 35,800


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022