Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

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)
596,330 1.2 % $9.13 $18,980 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.52 $7.52 $8.81 $10.38 $12.32
Annual Wage (2) $13,560 $15,650 $18,330 $21,590 $25,620

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Home health care services 208,130 $8.74 $18,180
Residential mental health facilities 93,880 $9.24 $19,230
Community care facilities for the elderly 78,170 $8.85 $18,400
Individual and family services 74,670 $8.73 $18,150
Nursing care facilities 34,570 $9.20 $19,130

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
State government (OES designation) 15,990 $13.90 $28,910
Other investment pools and funds 80 $13.19 $27,440
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals 1,320 $11.46 $23,840
Other financial investment activities 150 $11.34 $23,590
Offices of real estate agents and brokers (7) $10.63 $22,110

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
New York 103,840 $9.55 $19,860 1.259%
Maine 4,980 $9.06 $18,850 0.837%
Minnesota 20,170 $10.37 $21,580 0.775%
Rhode Island 3,670 $11.49 $23,910 0.764%
North Carolina 27,280 $8.36 $17,390 0.733%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Connecticut 9,280 $11.95 $24,860 0.568%
Alaska 2,120 $11.70 $24,340 0.723%
Rhode Island 3,670 $11.49 $23,910 0.764%
Massachusetts 12,300 $11.21 $23,320 0.393%
Hawaii 1,410 $10.63 $22,110 0.250%

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 3,760 $6.16 $12,820 3.251%
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX MSA 5,070 $6.13 $12,740 2.699%
Utica-Rome, NY MSA 2,960 (7) (7) 2.343%
Goldsboro, NC MSA 720 $7.68 $15,980 1.662%
Odessa-Midland, TX MSA 1,690 $6.28 $13,070 1.611%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Danbury, CT PMSA 140 $13.51 $28,110 0.153%
Waterbury, CT PMSA 590 $12.94 $26,920 0.696%
New London-Norwich, CT-RI MSA 580 $12.89 $26,800 0.400%
Hartford, CT MSA 3,410 $12.27 $25,520 0.570%
Dutchess County, NY PMSA 1,490 $12.20 $25,380 1.308%

About May 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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May 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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