Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

39-9021 Personal Care Aides

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


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
686,030 1.4 % $9.82 $20,420 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.68 $8.35 $9.44 $10.98 $12.45
Annual Wage (2) $15,970 $17,360 $19,640 $22,830 $25,900


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Individual and Family Services 306,670 25.27 $9.93 $20,650
Home Health Care Services 221,570 20.67 $9.14 $19,020
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 33,680 10.38 $10.41 $21,650
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 25,560 4.53 $10.21 $21,240
Employment Services 20,700 0.78 $10.24 $21,300

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Individual and Family Services 306,670 25.27 $9.93 $20,650
Home Health Care Services 221,570 20.67 $9.14 $19,020
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 33,680 10.38 $10.41 $21,650
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 25,560 4.53 $10.21 $21,240
Social Advocacy Organizations 7,200 3.80 $10.24 $21,310

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 910 0.38 $14.88 $30,960
State Government (OES Designation) 5,620 0.25 $14.06 $29,250
Other Investment Pools and Funds 240 0.63 $12.78 $26,590
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,380 0.05 $12.12 $25,200
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 1,610 0.19 $11.81 $24,570


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 101,960 10.11 1.87 $8.36 $17,390
New York 101,530 12.17 2.25 $10.22 $21,250
California 44,400 3.17 0.59 $10.53 $21,900
Minnesota 41,600 16.23 3.01 $11.11 $23,120
Pennsylvania 25,330 4.62 0.86 $10.54 $21,930




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vermont 6,130 21.37 3.96 $10.55 $21,940
New Mexico 16,340 21.02 3.89 $9.15 $19,020
Minnesota 41,600 16.23 3.01 $11.11 $23,120
New York 101,530 12.17 2.25 $10.22 $21,250
Texas 101,960 10.11 1.87 $8.36 $17,390




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 2,310 7.50 1.39 $14.27 $29,690
New Jersey 9,600 2.55 0.47 $12.73 $26,470
District of Columbia 1,020 1.59 0.30 $12.70 $26,420
Massachusetts 16,030 5.14 0.95 $12.30 $25,590
Connecticut 9,450 5.91 1.10 $11.37 $23,650

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 76,380 15.33 2.84 $10.19 $21,190
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 29,270 17.45 3.23 $11.29 $23,490
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 14,630 5.86 1.09 $8.28 $17,230
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 14,000 63.76 11.81 $8.10 $16,840
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 10,830 2.84 0.53 $10.30 $21,430
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 9,670 8.04 1.49 $10.85 $22,560
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 8,750 11.15 2.07 $9.57 $19,910
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 8,580 69.37 12.85 $8.15 $16,960
San Antonio, TX 8,520 10.23 1.90 $8.08 $16,800
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 8,260 4.91 0.91 $10.07 $20,950




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 8,580 69.37 12.85 $8.15 $16,960
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 14,000 63.76 11.81 $8.10 $16,840
Laredo, TX 4,890 57.75 10.70 $7.95 $16,530
Santa Fe, NM 1,950 32.02 5.93 $9.84 $20,470
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 1,750 31.05 5.75 (8) (8)
Las Cruces, NM 1,910 29.33 5.43 $9.28 $19,310
Corpus Christi, TX 5,040 28.96 5.37 $9.22 $19,180
Alexandria, LA 1,140 18.46 3.42 $9.22 $19,180
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 29,270 17.45 3.23 $11.29 $23,490
Monroe, LA 1,270 17.17 3.18 $8.24 $17,140




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 250 4.23 0.78 $18.95 $39,420
Fairbanks, AK (8) (8) (8) $16.00 $33,280
Ocean City, NJ 610 16.06 2.98 $15.01 $31,220
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 1,010 10.18 1.89 $14.58 $30,330
Anchorage, AK 1,470 8.90 1.65 $14.23 $29,590
Glens Falls, NY 200 3.81 0.71 $13.37 $27,810
Napa, CA 240 3.93 0.73 $13.26 $27,590
Salinas, CA 170 1.10 0.20 $12.78 $26,580
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 6,420 3.56 0.66 $12.65 $26,300
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 160 2.82 0.52 $12.59 $26,180

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 4,380 15.96 2.96 $8.06 $16,770
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area 4,030 48.53 8.99 $8.85 $18,400
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 3,370 21.84 4.05 $8.29 $17,240
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 3,290 8.69 1.61 $8.78 $18,260
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 3,130 26.58 4.92 $7.98 $16,590

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area 4,030 48.53 8.99 $8.85 $18,400
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 2,650 41.07 7.61 $8.97 $18,650
Hammond nonmetropolitan area 1,410 26.86 4.98 $9.14 $19,010
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 3,130 26.58 4.92 $7.98 $16,590
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 3,370 21.84 4.05 $8.29 $17,240

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 140 4.13 0.76 $14.70 $30,580
South Florida nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.36 $29,880
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 270 3.86 0.72 $13.80 $28,700
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 280 7.57 1.40 $13.48 $28,040
Northwestern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.28 $27,630


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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