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Nursing, Psychiatric, and Home Health Aides Salary Information

The salary statistics of nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Nursing, Psychiatric, and Home Health Aides Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,950
25th Percentile Wage
$21,330
50th Percentile Wage
$24,810
75th Percentile Wage
$30,040
90th Percentile Wage
$36,640

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides is $36,640. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $24,810. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,950. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 93% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201624,8103.10%7.17%
201524,0401.96%-
201423,5701.02%-
201323,3301.29%-
201223,030--

Table 2. Nursing, Psychiatric, and Home Health Aides Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides in 10 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides occupations is the educational services sector with an annual salary $29,850. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $24,620).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Educational Services
$29,850
Federal, State, and Local Government
$29,570
Finance and Insurance
$29,140
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$27,910
Wholesale Trade
$27,410
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$27,360
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$26,770
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$26,490
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$24,710
Health Care and Social Assistance
$24,620


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