Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
1,492,250 0.8 % $10.92 $22,710 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.32 $9.22 $10.54 $11.95 $14.31
Annual Wage (2) $17,310 $19,180 $21,920 $24,860 $29,760


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 640,670 37.94 $10.87 $22,610
Home Health Care Services 307,150 22.67 $10.03 $20,850
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 190,530 31.10 $11.30 $23,490
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 144,270 16.24 $11.11 $23,110
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 50,180 15.19 $11.12 $23,120

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 640,670 37.94 $10.87 $22,610
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 190,530 31.10 $11.30 $23,490
Home Health Care Services 307,150 22.67 $10.03 $20,850
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 144,270 16.24 $11.11 $23,110
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 50,180 15.19 $11.12 $23,120

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 15,720 0.72 $17.76 $36,930
Other Investment Pools and Funds 180 3.18 $17.14 $35,640
Other Financial Investment Activities 450 0.10 $16.10 $33,490
Religious Organizations 300 0.16 $14.97 $31,130
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 130 (7) $13.75 $28,590


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)
Texas 188,790 16.07 1.51 $8.95 $18,620
New York 156,830 17.24 1.62 $12.27 $25,510
California 144,310 9.04 0.85 $12.09 $25,150
Pennsylvania 92,040 16.01 1.51 $10.96 $22,810
Minnesota 67,420 23.99 2.26 $11.83 $24,610




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 23,940 29.72 2.80 $9.63 $20,020
Minnesota 67,420 23.99 2.26 $11.83 $24,610
Maine 13,340 22.37 2.10 $10.92 $22,710
Vermont 6,680 21.94 2.06 $13.52 $28,120
Wisconsin 59,690 21.28 2.00 $10.77 $22,400




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 4,940 11.62 1.09 $15.33 $31,890
Alaska 4,900 15.16 1.43 $15.19 $31,600
New Jersey 10,460 2.64 0.25 $13.78 $28,670
Massachusetts 42,190 12.19 1.15 $13.59 $28,260
Vermont 6,680 21.94 2.06 $13.52 $28,120





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 88,660 13.46 1.27 $11.85 $24,650
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 45,900 24.03 2.26 $11.91 $24,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 40,540 9.61 0.90 $12.39 $25,770
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 34,030 11.59 1.09 $9.10 $18,940
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 32,260 8.87 0.83 $11.06 $23,000
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 26,210 31.17 2.93 $10.80 $22,460
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 25,490 13.17 1.24 $10.73 $22,310
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 23,770 18.48 1.74 $12.70 $26,410
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 22,030 22.54 2.12 $8.83 $18,360
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 20,720 82.96 7.81 $8.62 $17,930