Occupational Employment Statistics

November 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

Healthcare Support Occupations

SOC major groups



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. These and other data elements, including the 10th, 25th, 75th, and 90th percentile wages, are available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

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Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
31-0000 Healthcare Support Occupations 3,307,150 $10.56 $11.30 $23,510 0.2 %
31-1011 Home Health Aides 625,770 $8.92 $9.23 $19,200 0.4 %
31-1012 Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants 1,395,030 $10.20 $10.53 $21,890 0.2 %
31-1013 Psychiatric Aides 56,600 $10.99 $11.43 $23,770 1.2 %
31-2011 Occupational Therapist Assistants 21,000 $18.53 $18.53 $38,550 0.6 %
31-2012 Occupational Therapist Aides 5,390 $11.55 $12.77 $26,570 1.9 %
31-2021 Physical Therapist Assistants 57,650 $18.39 $18.29 $38,050 0.6 %
31-2022 Physical Therapist Aides 41,430 $10.28 $11.19 $23,270 2.2 %
31-9011 Massage Therapists 34,200 $15.52 $17.87 $37,170 2.1 %
31-9091 Dental Assistants 268,950 $13.95 $14.22 $29,570 0.8 %
31-9092 Medical Assistants 369,430 $12.03 $12.44 $25,860 0.6 %
31-9093 Medical Equipment Preparers 40,200 $11.80 $12.26 $25,500 0.6 %
31-9094 Medical Transcriptionists 93,670 $13.76 $14.20 $29,530 0.6 %
31-9095 Pharmacy Aides 45,630 $9.13 $9.74 $20,270 1.2 %
31-9096 Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers 70,210 $9.22 $9.68 $20,130 0.8 %
31-9099 Healthcare Support Workers, All Other 182,000 $12.30 $12.79 $26,610 0.4 %

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

(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.


National OES estimates by SOC major group



November 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download November 2004 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped Excel files

Technical notes

Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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