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Personal care and service workers most common in Nevada, Dakotas, Hawaii, and Colorado in May 2020

June 03, 2021

Personal care and service occupations had national employment of 2.7 million in May 2020, representing 1.9 percent of total U.S. employment. Personal care and service occupations include a wide variety of service-related careers, such as concierges, motion picture projectionists, and gambling dealers.

Employment and annual mean wages for personal care and service occupations, May 2020
Occupation Employment Annual mean wage

Childcare workers

494,360 $26,790

Recreation workers

325,640 30,960

Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

302,410 32,740

Amusement and recreation attendants

248,190 25,610

Exercise trainers and group fitness instructors

248,070 45,650

Animal caretakers

193,660 28,380

First-line supervisors of personal service and entertainment and recreation workers, except gambling services

174,860 45,820

Residential advisors

102,450 33,430

Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

95,600 26,390

Manicurists and pedicurists

73,010 29,010

Gambling dealers

67,330 26,110

Crematory operators and personal care and service workers, all other

60,650 30,330

Skincare specialists

46,640 41,230

Tour and travel guides

38,030 32,200

Concierges

36,800 35,310

Funeral attendants

32,300 31,130

Baggage porters and bellhops

28,440 29,060

Morticians, undertakers, and funeral arrangers

24,560 59,000

First-line supervisors of gambling services workers

19,100 51,160

Barbers

14,880 38,050

Animal trainers

14,880 37,950

Locker room, coatroom, and dressing room attendants

11,530 29,320

Gambling service workers, all other

8,570 33,340

Shampooers

8,310 24,320

Gambling and sports book writers and runners

7,500 27,130

Costume attendants

5,750 51,780

Entertainment attendants and related workers, all other

3,900 32,580

Embalmers

3,860 50,220

Makeup artists, theatrical and performance

2,780 99,990

Motion picture projectionists

2,270 34,380

The occupations with the most employees in this group were childcare workers (494,360), recreation workers (325,640), and hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists (302,410). Together these occupations totaled 42 percent of all personal care and service jobs. Mean annual wages for these three occupations were $26,790 for childcare workers, $30,960 for recreation workers, and $32,740 for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists.

Makeup artists, theatrical and performance, with annual mean wages of $99,990 and morticians, undertakers, and funeral arrangers with annual wages of $59,000 were the highest paying occupations. There were 2,780 people working as makeup artists, theatrical and performance, while 24,560 were employed as morticians, undertakers, and funeral arrangers in the United States in May 2020.

States known for recreation and tourism—Nevada, South Dakota, North Dakota, Hawaii, and Colorado—were among the states with the highest concentrations of workers in personal care and service occupations in May 2020.

Personal care and service occupations as a percentage of total employment, by state, May 2020
State Percent

Nevada

3.96%

South Dakota

2.76

North Dakota

2.71

Hawaii

2.61

Colorado

2.39

Maryland

2.33

New Jersey

2.31

New York

2.27

Oregon

2.26

Connecticut

2.21

Guam

2.17

Florida

2.14

Massachusetts

2.11

Montana

2.10

Utah

2.08

Nebraska

2.08

Delaware

2.08

Alaska

2.08

Louisiana

2.06

Vermont

2.02

Arizona

2.01

Iowa

1.96

Pennsylvania

1.94

Virginia

1.94

Washington

1.93

Missouri

1.93

California

1.93

Wyoming

1.91

Minnesota

1.91

South Carolina

1.91

Rhode Island

1.90

New Hampshire

1.90

Kansas

1.89

North Carolina

1.83

Michigan

1.83

Maine

1.83

West Virginia

1.78

Mississippi

1.77

Tennessee

1.74

Oklahoma

1.74

Ohio

1.72

Kentucky

1.69

Illinois

1.68

Wisconsin

1.67

Texas

1.65

Alabama

1.65

New Mexico

1.63

Indiana

1.62

Idaho

1.59

Georgia

1.58

Arkansas

1.47

District of Columbia

1.40

Virgin Islands

1.26

Puerto Rico

0.92

Personal care and service workers were most common in Nevada, with personal care and service jobs making up 4.0 percent of total jobs in the state, a concentration more than double the national average.

The Dakotas were next—personal care and service jobs made up 2.8 and 2.7 percent of all jobs in South Dakota and North Dakota respectively. In Hawaii and Colorado, 2.6 and 2.4 percent, respectively, of total employment in the state were in these occupations.

These data are from the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics program. To learn more, see additional data for personal care and service occupations. The OEWS survey covers wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments and does not include the self-employed or owners, partners, and proprietors of unincorporated businesses. May 2020 OEWS estimates do not fully reflect the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, see the OEWS COVID-19 impact statement.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Personal care and service workers most common in Nevada, Dakotas, Hawaii, and Colorado in May 2020 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/personal-care-and-service-workers-most-common-in-nevada-dakotas-hawaii-and-colorado-in-may-2020.htm (visited December 09, 2021).

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