Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

31-1013 Psychiatric Aides

Assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff. May assist with daily living activities, lead patients in educational and recreational activities, or accompany patients to and from examinations and treatments. May restrain violent patients. Includes psychiatric orderlies.


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)
71,570 2.2 % $13.11 $27,270 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.17 $9.80 $12.10 $15.68 $20.06
Annual Wage (2) $17,000 $20,380 $25,170 $32,620 $41,720


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)
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 27,290 11.63 $14.16 $29,460
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 17,960 3.14 $11.23 $23,350
State Government (OES Designation) 12,410 0.55 $14.00 $29,110
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,220 0.08 $13.87 $28,840
Individual and Family Services 2,320 0.19 $11.76 $24,470

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 27,290 11.63 $14.16 $29,460
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 17,960 3.14 $11.23 $23,350
Other Residential Care Facilities 1,000 0.63 $10.44 $21,710
State Government (OES Designation) 12,410 0.55 $14.00 $29,110
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 950 0.43 $12.41 $25,800

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nursing Care Facilities 830 0.05 $14.25 $29,640
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 27,290 11.63 $14.16 $29,460
State Government (OES Designation) 12,410 0.55 $14.00 $29,110
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,220 0.08 $13.87 $28,840
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services (8) (8) $13.56 $28,200


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 8,880 0.86 1.54 $9.84 $20,470
New York 7,620 0.90 1.62 $18.14 $37,730
Mississippi 5,550 5.17 9.27 $9.32 $19,380
Massachusetts 3,860 1.22 2.19 $17.82 $37,070
New Jersey 3,580 0.95 1.70 $16.14 $33,570




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)
Mississippi 5,550 5.17 9.27 $9.32 $19,380
Maine 1,820 3.16 5.67 $12.25 $25,480
Montana 850 2.01 3.60 $11.78 $24,510
North Dakota 570 1.54 2.75 $11.59 $24,100
Rhode Island 590 1.31 2.35 $17.16 $35,700




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 7,620 0.90 1.62 $18.14 $37,730
Massachusetts 3,860 1.22 2.19 $17.82 $37,070
Illinois 1,610 0.29 0.52 $17.50 $36,400
Rhode Island 590 1.31 2.35 $17.16 $35,700
Hawaii 350 0.61 1.09 $16.78 $34,910





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 4,200 0.83 1.49 $17.38 $36,140
Jackson, MS 3,380 13.73 24.62 $9.42 $19,600
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,430 1.45 2.60 $19.14 $39,810
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,380 0.68 1.21 $10.42 $21,670
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.72 1.29 $15.76 $32,770
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 1,070 2.17 3.89 (8) (8)
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 1,060 1.35 2.42 $9.22 $19,170
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,060 0.88 1.57 $16.23 $33,760
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 1,030 5.35 9.58 $12.21 $25,390
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 870 0.91 1.63 $14.67 $30,510




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)
Jackson, MS 3,380 13.73 24.62 $9.42 $19,600
Alexandria, LA 410 6.51 11.66 $10.06 $20,910
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 1,030 5.35 9.58 $12.21 $25,390
Topeka, KS 400 3.71 6.65 $13.20 $27,460
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 410 3.20 5.74 (8) (8)
Bangor, ME 200 3.15 5.65 $12.97 $26,970
Mobile, AL 490 2.86 5.12 $10.62 $22,090
Tallahassee, FL 440 2.81 5.03 $10.23 $21,280
Salem, OR 320 2.27 4.07 $15.78 $32,830
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 1,070 2.17 3.89 (8) (8)




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)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,430 1.45 2.60 $19.14 $39,810
Anchorage, AK 140 0.85 1.53 $17.90 $37,230
Reno-Sparks, NV 120 0.62 1.12 $17.76 $36,940
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 310 1.42 2.55 $17.64 $36,690
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,200 0.83 1.49 $17.38 $36,140
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 130 0.14 0.25 $17.37 $36,130
New Haven, CT (8) (8) (8) $17.22 $35,820
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 650 1.20 2.15 $17.03 $35,410
Honolulu, HI 330 0.78 1.39 $16.80 $34,930
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 600 1.21 2.17 $16.74 $34,820

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 1,520 7.32 13.12 $8.76 $18,220
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 1,040 2.74 4.91 $12.04 $25,040
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 590 3.17 5.68 $19.32 $40,180
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 370 2.70 4.84 $9.81 $20,410
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 280 2.16 3.86 $11.17 $23,230

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 1,520 7.32 13.12 $8.76 $18,220
East Central North Dakota 260 6.35 11.38 $12.90 $26,830
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 590 3.17 5.68 $19.32 $40,180
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 260 2.78 4.98 $9.95 $20,690
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 1,040 2.74 4.91 $12.04 $25,040

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)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 590 3.17 5.68 $19.32 $40,180
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 200 1.08 1.93 $14.17 $29,470
Southern Oregon and Linn County nonmetropolitan area 140 1.55 2.77 $14.12 $29,360
East Central North Dakota 260 6.35 11.38 $12.90 $26,830
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 160 1.26 2.26 $12.80 $26,620


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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