Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
1,257,000 0.8 % $10.20 $21,210 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.97 $8.66 $9.83 $11.27 $13.42
Annual Wage (2) $16,580 $18,000 $20,440 $23,450 $27,910


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 498,180 33.75 $10.16 $21,140
Home Health Care Services 303,980 24.21 $9.30 $19,340
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 152,430 25.14 $10.65 $22,160
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 111,720 13.31 $10.35 $21,520
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 47,680 14.53 $10.40 $21,630

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 498,180 33.75 $10.16 $21,140
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 152,430 25.14 $10.65 $22,160
Home Health Care Services 303,980 24.21 $9.30 $19,340
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 47,680 14.53 $10.40 $21,630
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 111,720 13.31 $10.35 $21,520

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 16,340 0.75 $17.27 $35,930
Other Financial Investment Activities 280 0.07 $14.39 $29,920
Religious Organizations 370 0.20 $13.86 $28,830
Other Investment Pools and Funds 80 1.08 $13.79 $28,680
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 140 (7) $13.63 $28,360


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)
New York 142,220 16.14 1.74 $11.73 $24,410
California 99,690 6.59 0.71 $10.59 $22,020
Pennsylvania 61,610 10.90 1.17 $10.62 $22,080
Minnesota 60,450 22.14 2.38 $11.10 $23,080
Wisconsin 51,250 18.79 2.02 $10.30 $21,420



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)
New Mexico 20,190 25.62 2.75 $9.16 $19,060
Minnesota 60,450 22.14 2.38 $11.10 $23,080
Wisconsin 51,250 18.79 2.02 $10.30 $21,420
Maine 10,930 18.64 2.00 $10.33 $21,480
West Virginia 13,110 18.53 1.99 $8.51 $17,710



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 5,010 15.43 1.66 $14.46 $30,080
North Dakota 4,070 9.25 0.99 $14.33 $29,800
New Jersey 9,460 2.45 0.26 $14.06 $29,250
Delaware 1,140 2.69 0.29 $12.56 $26,130
Massachusetts 26,930 8.11 0.87 $12.56 $26,120




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 80,360 14.91 1.60 $11.28 $23,470
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 43,750 23.98 2.58 $11.36 $23,620
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 29,750 7.93 0.85 $10.47 $21,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 26,210 6.46 0.69 $10.23 $21,280
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 22,140 92.51 9.94 $8.18 $17,010
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 22,080 9.86 1.06 $8.45 $17,570
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 21,120 25.72 2.76 $10.12 $21,050
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 20,860 11.42 1.23 $10.47 $21,770
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 20,670 11.10 1.19 $11.07 $23,020
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 18,760 14.87 1.60 $12.45 $25,890