Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

39-9021 Personal and Home Care Aides

Assist elderly or disabled adults with daily living activities at the person's home or in a daytime non-residential facility. Duties performed at a place of residence may include keeping house (making beds, doing laundry, washing dishes) and preparing meals. May provide meals and supervised activities at non-residential care facilities. May advise families, the elderly, and disabled on such things as nutrition, cleanliness, and household utilities.

National estimates for this occupation
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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)
451,040 1.6 % $8.07 $16,790 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $5.90 $6.65 $7.81 $9.06 $10.67
Annual Wage (2) $12,270 $13,840 $16,250 $18,850 $22,180

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Home health care services 139,450 $7.05 $14,660 1 34
Individual and family services 119,700 $8.29 $17,230 2 23
Residential mental health facilities 63,850 $8.83 $18,360 3 12
Community care facilities for the elderly 35,750 $8.47 $17,610 4 21
Vocational rehabilitation services 21,080 $8.71 $18,120 5 16

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Other investment pools and funds 30 $12.61 $26,220 35 1
Offices of real estate agents and brokers 320 $10.76 $22,380 28 2
State government (OES designation) 2,480 $10.67 $22,190 15 3
Other hospitals 430 $9.98 $20,750 24 4
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals 730 $9.91 $20,610 20 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Texas 89,820 $6.38 $13,270 0.978% 679
New York 64,750 $8.33 $17,330 0.781% 655
Montana 2,990 $7.58 $15,770 0.764% 514
Maine 4,380 $8.50 $17,670 0.738% 526
North Dakota 2,090 $8.18 $17,020 0.668% 448

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 1,080 $10.91 $22,680 0.377% 397
Rhode Island 1,560 $10.65 $22,160 0.330% 440
Connecticut 4,160 $10.32 $21,460 0.253% 546
Massachusetts 8,050 $9.84 $20,460 0.252% 610
New Jersey 4,570 $9.79 $20,360 0.118% 622

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Brownsville-Harlingen-San Benito, TX MSA 8,080 $6.03 $12,530 7.143%
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX MSA 7,970 $6.12 $12,730 4.638%
Abilene, TX MSA 1,120 $6.29 $13,080 2.078%
Corpus Christi, TX MSA 3,130 $6.26 $13,020 1.999%
Missoula, MT MSA 1,060 $7.31 $15,190 1.982%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Tucson, AZ MSA 690 $14.33 $29,810 0.208%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 320 $12.97 $26,970 0.160%
Bridgeport, CT PMSA 220 $11.62 $24,170 0.120%
New London-Norwich, CT-RI MSA 510 $11.48 $23,870 0.358%
Danbury, CT PMSA 40 $11.42 $23,740 0.045%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

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(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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