Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
2,035,610 0.7 % $11.59 $24,100 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.73 $9.98 $11.11 $12.43 $14.78
Annual Wage (2) $18,160 $20,750 $23,100 $25,850 $30,750


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 1,135,620 49.29 $11.77 $24,480
Home Health Care Services 316,040 22.63 $10.40 $21,640
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 217,680 34.72 $11.69 $24,320
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 156,630 17.16 $11.56 $24,050
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 49,300 14.91 $11.52 $23,950

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 1,135,620 49.29 $11.77 $24,480
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 217,680 34.72 $11.69 $24,320
Home Health Care Services 316,040 22.63 $10.40 $21,640
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 156,630 17.16 $11.56 $24,050
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 49,300 14.91 $11.52 $23,950

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) 15,540 0.71 $17.73 $36,890
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 430 0.05 $17.56 $36,520
Other Investment Pools and Funds 290 3.99 $16.38 $34,060
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 8,400 0.15 $13.87 $28,850
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals (8) (8) $13.71 $28,520


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 520,660 31.19 2.18 $12.60 $26,220
Texas 196,790 16.55 1.16 $9.30 $19,340
New York 166,760 18.11 1.27 $12.57 $26,160
Pennsylvania 109,980 19.02 1.33 $11.51 $23,940
Massachusetts 73,950 20.96 1.47 $13.85 $28,810




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)
California 520,660 31.19 2.18 $12.60 $26,220
New Mexico 24,700 30.83 2.16 $9.83 $20,450
Minnesota 72,080 25.39 1.78 $12.26 $25,500
Maine 14,360 23.97 1.68 $11.70 $24,330
Wisconsin 61,190 21.66 1.52 $11.15 $23,190




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 5,150 12.35 0.87 $15.37 $31,970
Alaska 4,890 15.36 1.08 $15.34 $31,910
District of Columbia 4,440 6.27 0.44 $14.10 $29,330
Massachusetts 73,950 20.96 1.47 $13.85 $28,810
New Jersey 12,370 3.09 0.22 $13.76 $28,620



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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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 189,810 42.84 3.00 $13.36 $27,790
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 96,370 14.40 1.01 $12.16 $25,300
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 50,040 34.86 2.44 $11.47 $23,860
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 49,370 25.55 1.79 $12.33 $25,640
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 38,300 10.46 0.73 $11.07 $23,030
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 36,060 31.68 2.22 $13.42 $27,920
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 35,910 12.26 0.86 $9.48 $19,710
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 30,350 18.78 1.31 $11.73 $24,400
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 30,220 27.07 1.90 $12.47 $25,940
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 29,830 31.06 2.18 $11.87 $24,680


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 13,320 95.38 6.68 $9.07 $18,860
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 22,550 88.71 6.21 $8.92 $18,560
El Centro, CA 4,650 77.25 5.41 $11.09 $23,070
Laredo, TX 6,450 66.18 4.63 $8.93 $18,570
Chico, CA 4,210 52.54 3.68 $11.60 $24,120
Redding, CA 3,380 52.28 3.66 $11.57 $24,060
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 2,490 47.59 3.33 $13.63 $28,350
Springfield, MA-CT 15,380 46.86 3.28 $13.64 $28,370
New Bedford, MA 2,850 43.48 3.04 $13.62 $28,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 189,810 42.84 3.00 $13.36 $27,790