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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
1,369,230 0.8 % $10.48 $21,790 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.13 $8.93 $10.09 $11.52 $13.76
Annual Wage (2) $16,910 $18,580 $20,980 $23,960 $28,620


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 571,300 35.89 $10.44 $21,710
Home Health Care Services 298,450 22.98 $9.62 $20,000
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 175,620 28.87 $10.94 $22,750
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 127,470 14.77 $10.55 $21,940
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 47,780 14.57 $10.73 $22,330

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 571,300 35.89 $10.44 $21,710
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 175,620 28.87 $10.94 $22,750
Home Health Care Services 298,450 22.98 $9.62 $20,000
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 127,470 14.77 $10.55 $21,940
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 47,780 14.57 $10.73 $22,330

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 15,670 0.71 $17.35 $36,090
Other Financial Investment Activities 340 0.08 $15.80 $32,860
Religious Organizations 320 0.17 $14.57 $30,300
Other Investment Pools and Funds 110 1.52 $14.50 $30,150
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 140 (7) $13.93 $28,970


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 187,710 16.22 1.63 $8.65 $17,990
New York 150,530 16.75 1.69 $11.98 $24,920
California 124,210 8.02 0.81 $11.12 $23,130
Pennsylvania 73,630 12.90 1.30 $10.65 $22,160
Minnesota 65,740 23.71 2.39 $11.51 $23,950



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 21,270 26.65 2.68 $9.54 $19,850
Minnesota 65,740 23.71 2.39 $11.51 $23,950
Maine 12,520 21.16 2.13 $10.48 $21,800
Wisconsin 57,210 20.64 2.08 $10.29 $21,390
West Virginia 12,560 17.77 1.79 $9.10 $18,940



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 4,640 14.19 1.43 $14.84 $30,860
North Dakota 4,060 9.07 0.91 $14.64 $30,450
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) $13.50 $28,080
Massachusetts 31,020 9.13 0.92 $13.05 $27,140
Connecticut 20,750 12.50 1.26 $12.69 $26,390




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 84,620 13.06 1.32 $11.52 $23,960
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 45,870 24.39 2.46 $11.62 $24,170
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 36,760 10.29 1.04 $10.70 $22,250
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 35,820 12.23 1.23 $8.75 $18,200
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 32,160 7.84 0.79 $11.35 $23,610
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 24,550 29.53 2.97 $10.13 $21,060
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 23,270 18.23 1.84 $12.50 $26,000
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 22,680 12.09 1.22 $10.63 $22,100
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 21,050 86.52 8.71 $8.34 $17,350
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 20,970 22.14 2.23 $8.50 $17,670