Personal care aides

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Total Workforce

1.36M

Average Age

44.1

Average Salary

$22,293

Average Male Salary

$25,852

Average Female Salary

$21,561

About

Personal care aides are most often employed by the Individual & family services industry. The average yearly wage for Personal care aides was $22,293 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Personal care aides by wage are Food cooking machine operators & tenders, Crossing guards, and Manicurists and pedicurists.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Personal care aides are Flushing, Murray Hill & Whitestone PUMA, NY, LA City (Northwest/Canoga Park, Winnetka & Woodland Hills) PUMA, CA, and Palmdale City PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Personal care aides are Harlingen & San Benito Cities PUMA, TX, Fulton & Montgomery Counties PUMA, NY, and El Centro City PUMA, CA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Personal care aides and on wages and locations for those in the field. Individual & family services is the industry that employs the most Personal care aides, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Personal care aides, by average wage, is Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges. Personal care aides are paid most in Tinton Falls Borough (South) PUMA, NJ but are relatively concentrated in Harlingen & San Benito Cities PUMA, TX.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$22,293

AVERAGE SALARY

± $537

In 2018, Personal care aides earned an average of $22,293, $31,595 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Food cooking machine operators & tenders make somewhat more than Personal care aides while Crossing guards make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Personal care aides as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.396

WAGE GINI

In 2018, Personal care aides had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.396, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Personal care aides (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Personal care aides.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Personal care aides.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Personal care aides, by number of employees, are Individual & family services, Home health care services, and Residential care facilities, except skilled nursing facilities.

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Industries by Share

1.36M

2018 Workforce

± 28,481

This graphic shows the share of Personal care aides employed by various industries. Individual & family services employs the largest share of Personal care aides at  25.6%, followed by Home health care services with 25.6% and Residential care facilities, except skilled nursing facilities with 14.9%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Personal care aides in the US. The average age of male Personal care aides in the workforce is 41.8 and of female Personal care aides is 44.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Personal care aides is White.

Gender Composition

232k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 11,808

1.13M

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 25,958

82.9% of Personal care aides are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Personal care aides.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Personal care aides

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Asian

55.7% of Personal care aides are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 25.4% of Personal care aides, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Personal care aides.

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Age by Gender

41.8

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.816

44.6

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.362

The median age of Personal care aides is 44.1, and Male employees are generally 2.82 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Personal care aides from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Personal care aides is Health but a relatively high number of Personal care aides hold a major in Public Administration and Social Service.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

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