Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

31-0000 Healthcare Support Occupations (Major Group)

This major group comprises the following occupations: Home Health Aides ; Psychiatric Aides ; Nursing Assistants ; Orderlies ; Occupational Therapy Assistants ; Occupational Therapy Aides ; Physical Therapist Assistants ; Physical Therapist Aides ; Massage Therapists ; Dental Assistants ; Medical Assistants ; Medical Equipment Preparers ; Medical Transcriptionists ; Pharmacy Aides ; Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers ; Phlebotomists ; Healthcare Support Workers, All Other


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 major group:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
3,915,460 0.4 % $13.36 $27,780 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.62 $10.03 $12.28 $15.64 $19.51
Annual Wage (2) $17,920 $20,850 $25,550 $32,520 $40,590


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)
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 688,560 41.41 $12.13 $25,230
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 648,560 12.38 $14.32 $29,790
Offices of Physicians 401,840 16.91 $14.96 $31,120
Home Health Care Services 392,850 33.34 $11.01 $22,910
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 292,040 37.28 $11.14 $23,180

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 688,560 41.41 $12.13 $25,230
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 292,040 37.28 $11.14 $23,180
Offices of Dentists 283,580 33.43 $16.80 $34,940
Home Health Care Services 392,850 33.34 $11.01 $22,910
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 186,980 32.44 $10.87 $22,600

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Technical and Trade Schools 150 0.10 $21.85 $45,440
Other Schools and Instruction 210 0.06 $21.28 $44,270
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 3,980 0.37 $20.65 $42,950
Civic and Social Organizations 170 0.05 $19.07 $39,670
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 40 0.01 $18.89 $39,300


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)
California 361,930 25.30 0.84 $15.43 $32,090
New York 308,300 36.09 1.20 $13.76 $28,630
Texas 270,190 25.54 0.85 $12.64 $26,290
Florida 213,060 29.29 0.97 $12.98 $27,000
Ohio 203,910 40.34 1.34 $12.31 $25,600




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)
Rhode Island 19,160 42.29 1.41 $14.55 $30,270
Ohio 203,910 40.34 1.34 $12.31 $25,600
Maine 22,630 38.95 1.30 $13.01 $27,060
North Carolina 144,330 37.21 1.24 $11.74 $24,420
Michigan 142,920 36.48 1.21 $12.81 $26,650




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 8,180 25.67 0.85 $18.10 $37,640
Connecticut 49,620 30.62 1.02 $16.05 $33,390
Washington 77,010 27.86 0.93 $15.89 $33,040
Massachusetts 100,950 31.53 1.05 $15.78 $32,830
Nevada 22,510 19.97 0.66 $15.72 $32,700





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 202,990 39.36 1.31 $13.42 $27,910
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 107,440 29.51 0.98 $13.26 $27,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 99,780 25.77 0.86 $14.77 $30,710
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 68,390 37.51 1.25 $13.68 $28,440
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 53,200 20.15 0.67 $13.53 $28,150
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 50,510 28.86 0.96 $14.53 $30,210
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 49,600 28.99 0.96 $16.34 $33,980
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 45,220 19.99 0.67 $13.55 $28,190
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 44,860 21.39 0.71 $14.58 $30,320
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 44,140 36.09 1.20 $15.37 $31,980