A to Z Index  |  FAQs  |  About BLS  |  Contact Us    
Occupational Employment Statistics
PRINT:Print
OES OES Program Links

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

31-0000 Healthcare Support Occupations (Major Group)

This major group comprises the following occupations: Home Health Aides ; Psychiatric Aides ; Nursing Assistants ; Orderlies ; Occupational Therapy Assistants ; Occupational Therapy Aides ; Physical Therapist Assistants ; Physical Therapist Aides ; Massage Therapists ; Dental Assistants ; Medical Assistants ; Medical Equipment Preparers ; Medical Transcriptionists ; Pharmacy Aides ; Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers ; Phlebotomists ; Healthcare Support Workers, All Other


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 major group:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
4,117,450 0.4 % $15.57 $32,380 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.21 $11.77 $14.30 $18.04 $23.05
Annual Wage (2) $21,240 $24,470 $29,740 $37,520 $47,950


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)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 679,590 12.25 $16.31 $33,920
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 637,630 39.59 $14.21 $29,550
Home Health Care Services 535,730 36.96 $12.64 $26,290
Offices of Physicians 462,100 17.84 $16.61 $34,550
Offices of Dentists 315,680 33.36 $19.07 $39,670

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 637,630 39.59 $14.21 $29,550
Home Health Care Services 535,730 36.96 $12.64 $26,290
Offices of Dentists 315,680 33.36 $19.07 $39,670
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 250,470 26.93 $13.24 $27,550
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 202,950 22.31 $20.23 $42,080

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Civic and Social Organizations 270 0.07 $24.97 $51,940
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $24.55 $51,050
Educational Support Services 500 0.27 $23.87 $49,640
Spectator Sports 40 0.03 $22.15 $46,080
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 4,180 0.32 $21.63 $44,990


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)
New York 376,080 40.07 1.41 $15.53 $32,310
California 364,220 21.41 0.75 $18.46 $38,390
Texas 313,840 25.91 0.91 $14.70 $30,590
Florida 252,750 29.36 1.03 $15.12 $31,440
Ohio 188,930 34.88 1.23 $14.27 $29,680




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 York 376,080 40.07 1.41 $15.53 $32,310
New Jersey 158,300 39.08 1.37 $15.36 $31,940
Rhode Island 18,100 37.54 1.32 $16.65 $34,630
Ohio 188,930 34.88 1.23 $14.27 $29,680
Maine 21,010 34.69 1.22 $15.43 $32,100




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 7,900 25.05 0.88 $21.73 $45,190
California 364,220 21.41 0.75 $18.46 $38,390
Washington 87,340 26.80 0.94 $18.22 $37,900
Oregon 52,740 27.96 0.98 $17.91 $37,250
Massachusetts 106,220 29.74 1.05 $17.82 $37,070





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 409,450 43.11 1.52 $15.51 $32,260
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 135,170 22.09 0.78 $17.65 $36,720
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 124,540 26.83 0.94 $15.77 $32,800
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 101,950 35.79 1.26 $15.41 $32,050
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 84,770 23.76 0.84 $15.89 $33,050
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 74,070 26.85 0.94 $18.16 $37,760
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 73,940 28.54 1.00 $15.20 $31,610
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 68,530 21.86 0.77 $16.93 $35,220
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 66,170 22.19 0.78 $14.74 $30,650
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 62,240 31.56 1.11 $14.94 $31,080