Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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
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)
555,780 1.3 % $8.44 $17,560 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $5.93 $6.85 $8.18 $9.78 $10.94
Annual Wage (2) $12,330 $14,250 $17,020 $20,350 $22,760

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 188,440 $7.37 $15,330
Individual and family services 163,860 $8.66 $18,020
Residential mental health facilities 67,110 $9.25 $19,240
Community care facilities for the elderly 33,320 $8.96 $18,640
Vocational rehabilitation services 24,670 $9.19 $19,110

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other investment pools and funds 90 $13.24 $27,530
State government (OES designation) 6,680 $11.73 $24,400
Religious organizations (7) $10.71 $22,270
Employment services 7,190 $9.99 $20,780
Local government (OES designation) 6,860 $9.87 $20,520

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 Mexico 11,240 $8.68 $18,040 1.489%
Texas 111,900 $6.43 $13,380 1.202%
Minnesota 23,870 $10.14 $21,090 0.909%
Alaska 2,630 $12.69 $26,390 0.889%
New York 71,500 $9.11 $18,950 0.861%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Alaska 2,630 $12.69 $26,390 0.889%
New Jersey 9,090 $11.30 $23,490 0.233%
Rhode Island (7) $11.08 $23,040 (7)
Massachusetts 9,240 $10.43 $21,700 0.295%
District of Columbia 340 $10.40 $21,630 0.056%

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 7,480 $6.28 $13,060 6.445%
Laredo, TX MSA 4,160 $6.42 $13,350 5.333%
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX MSA 9,610 $6.25 $13,000 5.056%
Sherman-Denison, TX MSA 1,010 $6.48 $13,470 2.392%
Alexandria, LA MSA 1,240 $7.65 $15,920 2.192%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 170 $14.65 $30,470 0.085%
Anchorage, AK MSA 1,680 $13.11 $27,270 1.192%
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 1,970 $12.97 $26,980 0.316%
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ PMSA 590 $12.86 $26,760 0.964%
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 7,850 $12.00 $24,960 0.196%

About November 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) Estimate not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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