Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
2,211,950 0.7 % $12.06 $25,090 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.01 $10.48 $11.55 $13.22 $15.22
Annual Wage (2) $18,740 $21,810 $24,020 $27,490 $31,650


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 1,232,620 50.71 $12.26 $25,490
Home Health Care Services 348,000 24.01 $10.93 $22,740
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 232,830 36.41 $12.15 $25,280
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 172,720 18.57 $12.02 $24,990
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 53,240 16.40 $11.94 $24,830

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 1,232,620 50.71 $12.26 $25,490
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 232,830 36.41 $12.15 $25,280
Home Health Care Services 348,000 24.01 $10.93 $22,740
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 172,720 18.57 $12.02 $24,990
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 53,240 16.40 $11.94 $24,830

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 17,790 0.82 $17.68 $36,780
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 290 0.03 $15.95 $33,170
Other Investment Pools and Funds 350 4.06 $15.71 $32,670
Grantmaking and Giving Services 720 0.51 $14.56 $30,290
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 9,340 0.17 $14.44 $30,030


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)
California 558,350 32.83 2.15 $13.08 $27,210
Texas 206,240 17.03 1.11 $9.60 $19,960
New York 199,060 21.21 1.39 $13.29 $27,640
Pennsylvania 121,300 20.74 1.36 $11.96 $24,880
Massachusetts 76,850 21.52 1.41 $13.98 $29,080




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 27,300 33.64 2.20 $10.11 $21,020
California 558,350 32.83 2.15 $13.08 $27,210
Minnesota 75,830 26.44 1.73 $12.63 $26,260
Maine 14,880 24.57 1.61 $12.26 $25,490
Wisconsin 63,270 22.21 1.45 $11.66 $24,250




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 5,390 17.10 1.12 $16.27 $33,840
North Dakota 6,090 14.62 0.96 $15.81 $32,890
Vermont 6,730 22.04 1.44 $14.78 $30,750
District of Columbia 4,730 6.63 0.43 $14.63 $30,440
New Jersey 14,470 3.57 0.23 $14.37 $29,890





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 240,600 39.32 2.57 $13.44 $27,960
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 157,320 16.56 1.08 $13.17 $27,400
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 72,150 29.82 1.95 $14.10 $29,320
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 54,680 27.95 1.83 $12.69 $26,400
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 52,250 18.34 1.20 $12.49 $25,980
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 51,980 34.81 2.28 $11.62 $24,170
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 43,350 9.34 0.61 $11.78 $24,490
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 43,140 15.64 1.02 $14.02 $29,150
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 36,440 17.73 1.16 $11.81 $24,570
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 36,380 12.20 0.80 $9.52 $19,810