Personal care aides

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2019 Workforce
1.36M
Average Age
44.5
Average Salary
$22,508
Average Male Salary
$25,828
Average Female Salary
$21,818

About

Personal care aides are most often employed by the Individual & family services industry. The average yearly wage for Personal care aides was $22,508 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Personal care aides by wage are Parking lot attendants, Laundry & drycleaning workers, and Teaching assistants.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Personal care aides are Gresham & Troutdale Cities PUMA, OR, Glendale City PUMA, CA, and Tacoma City (South), Parkland & Spanaway PUMA, WA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Personal care aides are Chicago Lawn, Englewood/West Englewood & Greater Grand Crossing PUMA, IL, Milwaukee City (Central) PUMA, WI, and Fresno City (East Central) 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 National security & international affairs. Personal care aides are paid most in Louisville/Jefferson County (Southeast) PUMA, KY but are relatively concentrated in Chicago Lawn, Englewood/West Englewood & Greater Grand Crossing PUMA, IL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$22,508
AVERAGE SALARY
± $566

In 2019, Personal care aides earned an average of $22,508, $33,016 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Laundry & drycleaning workers make somewhat more than Personal care aides while Parking lot attendants 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

0.388
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Personal care aides had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.388, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Personal care aides

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
2019 Workforce
± 28,537
0.385%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 2.95%

The number of people employed as Personal care aides has been growing at a rate of 0.385%, from 1,358,064 people in 2018 to 1,363,286 people in 2019.

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  28.6%, followed by Home health care services with 22.7% and Residential care facilities, except skilled nursing facilities with 14.5%.

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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 41.7 and of female Personal care aides is 45.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Personal care aides is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

235k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 11,883
1.13M
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 25,986

82.8% 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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

42.5% of Personal care aides are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 26.1% of Personal care aides, Black (Non-Hispanic) 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

41.7
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.802
45.1
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.361

The median age of Personal care aides is 44.5, and Male employees are generally 3.44 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 Business 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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