Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

31-1011 Home Health Aides

Provide routine, personal healthcare, such as bathing, dressing, or grooming, to elderly, convalescent, or disabled persons in the home of patients or in a residential care facility.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
583,880 1.4 % $9.22 $19,180 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.53 $7.54 $8.77 $10.42 $12.53
Annual Wage (2) $13,580 $15,670 $18,240 $21,670 $26,060

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 191,870 $8.72 $18,150 1 27
Residential mental health facilities 93,770 $9.23 $19,200 2 17
Community care facilities for the elderly 72,890 $8.66 $18,010 3 29
Individual and family services 69,540 $8.57 $17,820 4 30
Nursing care facilities 33,720 $9.15 $19,030 5 19

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Religious organizations 210 $17.43 $36,250 27 1
State government (OES designation) 25,340 $15.22 $31,660 6 2
Other investment pools and funds 140 $13.08 $27,210 30 3
Insurance carriers (6) $11.42 $23,750 (6) 4
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals 1,580 $11.20 $23,290 16 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
New York 108,680 $9.49 $19,740 1.316% 693
Maine 4,970 $9.03 $18,770 0.844% 566
Rhode Island 3,430 $11.34 $23,600 0.724% 460
West Virginia 4,880 $7.15 $14,870 0.716% 604
Minnesota 18,250 $9.92 $20,640 0.702% 647

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 1,230 $11.90 $24,760 0.421% 433
Connecticut 10,050 $11.80 $24,550 0.613% 555
Rhode Island 3,430 $11.34 $23,600 0.724% 460
Massachusetts 11,350 $11.03 $22,940 0.358% 635
New Hampshire 1,630 $10.42 $21,670 0.270% 530

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
Muncie, IN MSA 1,590 $9.24 $19,210 2.974%
Brownsville-Harlingen-San Benito, TX MSA 2,120 $6.86 $14,260 1.887%
Dutchess County, NY PMSA 2,000 $11.71 $24,350 1.773%
Lubbock, TX MSA 2,040 $8.86 $18,420 1.765%
Lawrence, KS MSA 780 $9.08 $18,890 1.659%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Angelo, TX MSA 490 $15.05 $31,290 1.120%
Abilene, TX MSA 840 $14.88 $30,950 1.567%
Waterbury, CT PMSA 420 $14.07 $29,270 0.500%
New London-Norwich, CT-RI MSA 780 $12.77 $26,570 0.542%
Hartford, CT MSA 3,130 $12.63 $26,260 0.524%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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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).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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