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Personal Care Aides Salary Information

The salary statistics of personal care aides are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of personal care aides within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The personal care aides annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Personal Care Aides Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$27,910
75th Percentile Wage
$23,450
50th Percentile Wage
$20,440
25th Percentile Wage
$18,000
10th Percentile Wage
$16,580

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for personal care aides. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) personal care aides is $27,910. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $20,440. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $16,580. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 68% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $20,440 1.69%
2013 $20,100 0.95%
2012 $19,910 0.91%
2011 $19,730 0.46%
2010 $19,640 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for personal care aides from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 4.07%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 0.95%. We also note that the average annual wage had a small growth of 0.91% in 2012 and a very small growth of 0.46% in 2011.

Table 3. Average Salary of Personal Care Aides vs. Related Jobs

Table 4. Personal Care Aides Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of personal care aides in 13 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for personal care aides occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $27,610. The lowest paying sector is the transportation and warehousing sector (annual salary $17,690).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$27,610
Finance and Insurance
$26,690
Educational Services
$24,740
Accommodation and Food Services
$24,590
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$21,970
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$21,750
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$21,030
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$20,720
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$20,630
Health Care and Social Assistance
$20,280
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$19,920
Retail Trade
$19,200
Transportation and Warehousing
$17,690

Table 5. Median Annual Wage of Personal Care Aides by States

From the above tables we note that not only personal care aides salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of personal care aides in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $17,360 to $30,420. The highest paying state for personal care aides is Alaska with a median annual salary of $30,420. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $17,360. For more salary information of personal care aides profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$30,420
North Dakota
$29,150
Massachusetts
$25,720
Delaware
$25,080
Hawaii
$24,790
Connecticut
$24,720
New Jersey
$24,280
Washington
$23,230
District of Columbia
$22,980
New York
$22,830
Maryland
$22,710
New Hampshire
$22,620
Minnesota
$22,540
Rhode Island
$22,400
Oregon
$22,390
Iowa
$22,070
Nebraska
$22,060
Virgin Islands
$22,030
Pennsylvania
$21,720
Montana
$21,610
California
$21,510
Wyoming
$21,500
Illinois
$21,460
Wisconsin
$21,420
Maine
$21,380
Nevada
$21,220
Colorado
$21,020
Arizona
$20,800
Kansas
$20,530
Florida
$20,430
South Dakota
$20,390
Michigan
$20,070
Utah
$20,010
Ohio
$19,670
Kentucky
$19,460
North Carolina
$19,080
Idaho
$19,050
Indiana
$19,050
South Carolina
$18,990
Georgia
$18,840
Missouri
$18,730
New Mexico
$18,670
Tennessee
$18,540
Virginia
$18,530
Oklahoma
$18,340
Arkansas
$17,940
Louisiana
$17,850
Alabama
$17,830
West Virginia
$17,830
Texas
$17,690
Mississippi
$17,600
Puerto Rico
$17,360