Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
77,880 2.1 % $12.83 $26,680 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.15 $9.32 $11.82 $15.38 $19.44
Annual Wage (2) $16,960 $19,380 $24,580 $31,990 $40,430


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 27,160 11.67 $14.36 $29,870
State Government (OES Designation) 20,300 0.92 $11.94 $24,840
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 15,360 2.66 $11.44 $23,790
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,190 0.08 $14.28 $29,700
Individual and Family Services 2,530 0.19 $12.20 $25,380

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 27,160 11.67 $14.36 $29,870
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 15,360 2.66 $11.44 $23,790
State Government (OES Designation) 20,300 0.92 $11.94 $24,840
Other Residential Care Facilities 1,400 0.88 $11.12 $23,130
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,410 0.61 $12.01 $24,980

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 27,160 11.67 $14.36 $29,870
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,190 0.08 $14.28 $29,700
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services (8) (8) $14.01 $29,140
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 570 0.03 $13.53 $28,140
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 (7) $13.35 $27,770


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 16,430 1.55 2.60 $9.45 $19,650
New York 7,100 0.83 1.39 $18.44 $38,350
Mississippi 5,530 5.11 8.56 $9.22 $19,170
New Jersey 4,780 1.26 2.11 $15.08 $31,360
Massachusetts 3,790 1.18 1.98 $17.84 $37,110




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 5,530 5.11 8.56 $9.22 $19,170
Maine 2,050 3.53 5.90 $11.59 $24,100
Montana 850 1.96 3.28 $11.76 $24,450
Kansas 2,150 1.63 2.73 $12.10 $25,170
Texas 16,430 1.55 2.60 $9.45 $19,650




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 7,100 0.83 1.39 $18.44 $38,350
Illinois 1,340 0.24 0.40 $18.02 $37,490
Massachusetts 3,790 1.18 1.98 $17.84 $37,110
Alaska 170 0.52 0.87 $17.78 $36,980
Rhode Island 270 0.60 1.00 $17.05 $35,460





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 3,870 0.75 1.25 $17.70 $36,810
Jackson, MS 3,470 13.83 23.14 $9.45 $19,650
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,370 1.38 2.32 $19.40 $40,350
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 1,600 1.97 3.30 $9.18 $19,090
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,360 0.51 0.86 $10.25 $21,330
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.72 1.20 $15.81 $32,880
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 1,290 1.50 2.50 $9.33 $19,410
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 1,030 5.27 8.82 $12.13 $25,230
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 980 0.80 1.34 $16.68 $34,690
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 920 0.95 1.59 $14.82 $30,840




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 3,470 13.83 23.14 $9.45 $19,650
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 1,030 5.27 8.82 $12.13 $25,230
Alexandria, LA 310 4.97 8.32 $10.60 $22,040
Bangor, ME 310 4.86 8.14 $10.96 $22,790
Lubbock, TX 570 4.51 7.55 $8.59 $17,860
Salem, OR 510 3.62 6.06 $15.33 $31,890
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 440 3.50 5.85 $9.85 $20,490
Mobile, AL 510 3.06 5.13 $10.68 $22,210
Mansfield, OH 140 2.71 4.54 (8) (8)
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 320 2.47 4.14 $17.62 $36,640




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 380 1.58 2.64 $21.85 $45,450
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA (8) (8) (8) $21.46 $44,640
Rochester, NY 320 0.64 1.07 $19.48 $40,510
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,370 1.38 2.32 $19.40 $40,350
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 270 0.51 0.85 $19.29 $40,120
New Haven, CT 90 0.32 0.54 $19.09 $39,710
Anchorage, AK 130 0.78 1.31 $18.33 $38,120
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 70 0.08 0.13 $18.07 $37,580
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,870 0.75 1.25 $17.70 $36,810
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 320 2.47 4.14 $17.62 $36,640

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 1,040 2.70 4.52 $12.12 $25,220
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 690 5.82 9.73 $11.81 $24,560
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 570 3.08 5.15 $19.55 $40,660
East Central North Dakota 330 8.04 13.45 $12.88 $26,790
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 280 2.83 4.73 $16.32 $33,940

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)
East Central North Dakota 330 8.04 13.45 $12.88 $26,790
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 690 5.82 9.73 $11.81 $24,560
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 570 3.08 5.15 $19.55 $40,660
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 280 2.83 4.73 $16.32 $33,940
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 200 2.76 4.62 $11.11 $23,120

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 570 3.08 5.15 $19.55 $40,660
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 190 0.66 1.11 $18.68 $38,860
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.61 1.02 $17.63 $36,660
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 280 2.83 4.73 $16.32 $33,940
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 150 0.94 1.57 $14.72 $30,620


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013