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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
4,113,410 0.4 % $15.05 $31,310 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.84 $11.28 $13.80 $17.53 $22.44
Annual Wage (2) $20,470 $23,450 $28,710 $36,460 $46,680


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 669,510 12.17 $15.87 $33,010
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 654,330 40.35 $13.71 $28,530
Home Health Care Services 529,580 37.92 $12.16 $25,300
Offices of Physicians 446,810 17.54 $16.31 $33,920
Offices of Dentists 311,330 33.40 $18.55 $38,580

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) 654,330 40.35 $13.71 $28,530
Home Health Care Services 529,580 37.92 $12.16 $25,300
Offices of Dentists 311,330 33.40 $18.55 $38,580
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 259,090 28.38 $12.68 $26,380
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 197,880 22.59 $19.79 $41,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Civic and Social Organizations 260 0.07 $26.21 $54,520
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $25.71 $53,470
Educational Support Services 480 0.27 $23.68 $49,260
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 3,660 0.29 $22.22 $46,210
Technical and Trade Schools 290 0.22 $21.77 $45,270


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 380,640 41.34 1.43 $14.82 $30,820
California 359,580 21.54 0.75 $17.83 $37,100
Texas 327,980 27.58 0.96 $14.18 $29,500
Florida 250,050 29.70 1.03 $14.70 $30,570
Ohio 192,490 35.84 1.24 $13.80 $28,700




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 380,640 41.34 1.43 $14.82 $30,820
Rhode Island 19,030 39.98 1.39 $15.94 $33,160
New Jersey 157,770 39.37 1.36 $15.01 $31,220
Ohio 192,490 35.84 1.24 $13.80 $28,700
Maine 20,760 34.64 1.20 $14.67 $30,510




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 8,620 27.09 0.94 $21.14 $43,970
California 359,580 21.54 0.75 $17.83 $37,100
Oregon 49,280 26.92 0.93 $17.58 $36,570
Washington 83,720 26.27 0.91 $17.56 $36,530
Massachusetts 105,660 29.95 1.04 $17.27 $35,930



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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 320,970 47.95 1.66 $14.43 $30,010
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 99,310 27.12 0.94 $15.46 $32,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 99,250 22.40 0.78 $17.03 $35,430
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 67,180 22.93 0.79 $14.33 $29,800
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 61,290 24.60 0.85 $15.66 $32,570
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 57,420 21.92 0.76 $15.06 $31,320
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 51,950 26.89 0.93 $17.11 $35,590
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 51,680 20.51 0.71 $16.45 $34,220
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 49,330 24.91 0.86 $15.46 $32,160
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 45,630 24.80 0.86 $18.08 $37,610