Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
72,860 2.0 % $13.67 $28,430 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.02 $10.80 $12.61 $15.87 $20.34
Annual Wage (2) $18,760 $22,460 $26,220 $33,000 $42,310


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 27,350 12.03 $14.37 $29,890
State Government (OES Designation) 19,430 0.89 $14.42 $30,000
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 12,890 2.13 $11.57 $24,070
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,020 0.08 $14.84 $30,860
Individual and Family Services 1,550 0.10 $11.75 $24,440

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 27,350 12.03 $14.37 $29,890
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 12,890 2.13 $11.57 $24,070
State Government (OES Designation) 19,430 0.89 $14.42 $30,000
Other Residential Care Facilities 1,030 0.67 $11.73 $24,390
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,470 0.60 $12.34 $25,660

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 30 (7) $17.46 $36,320
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,020 0.08 $14.84 $30,860
Offices of Physicians 210 0.01 $14.81 $30,800
State Government (OES Designation) 19,430 0.89 $14.42 $30,000
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 27,350 12.03 $14.37 $29,890


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 16,500 1.47 2.73 $11.74 $24,430
New York 6,490 0.74 1.37 $19.22 $39,980
New Jersey 5,260 1.36 2.52 $16.07 $33,430
Mississippi 3,840 3.51 6.50 $8.88 $18,470
Massachusetts 2,700 0.81 1.51 $19.58 $40,720




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 3,840 3.51 6.50 $8.88 $18,470
Montana 970 2.19 4.06 $11.42 $23,760
West Virginia 1,470 2.07 3.85 $8.77 $18,250
Maine 960 1.64 3.04 $11.34 $23,590
Texas 16,500 1.47 2.73 $11.74 $24,430




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 110 0.35 0.66 $20.13 $41,870
Massachusetts 2,700 0.81 1.51 $19.58 $40,720
New York 6,490 0.74 1.37 $19.22 $39,980
Connecticut 670 0.41 0.76 $18.37 $38,200
Rhode Island 430 0.92 1.70 $17.84 $37,110





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 3,810 0.71 1.31 $18.14 $37,730
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,100 0.94 1.74 $11.75 $24,450
Jackson, MS 2,010 8.01 14.85 $8.90 $18,510
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,840 0.65 1.20 $11.83 $24,600
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,760 0.98 1.82 $22.95 $47,730
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 1,390 1.52 2.82 $11.45 $23,820
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 1,340 1.51 2.80 $12.68 $26,370
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,140 2.25 4.17 $16.02 $33,330
Tuscaloosa, AL 1,010 10.81 20.05 $11.80 $24,540
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 990 1.03 1.90 $16.78 $34,890




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)
Wichita Falls, TX 660 11.75 21.79 $11.68 $24,300
Tuscaloosa, AL 1,010 10.81 20.05 $11.80 $24,540
Abilene, TX 660 10.25 19.01 $11.75 $24,440
Jackson, MS 2,010 8.01 14.85 $8.90 $18,510
Alexandria, LA 340 5.56 10.31 $10.25 $21,310
Salem, OR 830 5.55 10.29 $15.94 $33,150
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 600 4.57 8.48 $20.51 $42,650
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 150 3.06 5.68 $11.40 $23,710
Corpus Christi, TX 550 2.95 5.46 $11.39 $23,700
Charleston, WV 350 2.43 4.51 $8.24 $17,150




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)
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 370 1.48 2.75 $25.00 $52,000
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,760 0.98 1.82 $22.95 $47,730
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 160 0.27 0.51 $21.41 $44,520
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 40 0.08 0.15 $21.37 $44,460
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 600 4.57 8.48 $20.51 $42,650
Anchorage, AK 100 0.59 1.09 $20.08 $41,760
Rochester, NY 270 0.55 1.03 $19.85 $41,290
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 210 0.49 0.91 $19.26 $40,050
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 200 0.38 0.70 $19.24 $40,020
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 250 0.58 1.08 $19.02 $39,550

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)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,560 5.98 11.09 $11.95 $24,850
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,510 5.35 9.92 $11.39 $23,680
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 1,100 8.36 15.50 $8.75 $18,190
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 890 7.12 13.20 $11.45 $23,810
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 400 2.78 5.16 $8.88 $18,470

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)
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 1,100 8.36 15.50 $8.75 $18,190
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 890 7.12 13.20 $11.45 $23,810
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,560 5.98 11.09 $11.95 $24,850
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,510 5.35 9.92 $11.39 $23,680
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 400 2.78 5.16 $8.88 $18,470

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 (8) (8) (8) $19.68 $40,940
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 180 0.61 1.13 $18.92 $39,340
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.84 $37,110
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 90 1.39 2.58 $14.32 $29,780
Northwestern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.08 $29,280


About May 2014 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015