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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Personal Care Aides Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,310
25th Percentile Wage
$19,180
50th Percentile Wage
$21,920
75th Percentile Wage
$24,860
90th Percentile Wage
$29,760

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 $29,760. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $21,920. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,310. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 71% 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 personal care aides from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201621,9204.29%9.17%
201520,9802.57%-
201420,4401.66%-
201320,1000.95%-
201219,910--

Table 2. Personal Care Aides Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of personal care aides in 12 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 personal care aides occupations is the finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $30,420. The lowest paying sector is the transportation and warehousing sector (annual salary $18,510).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$30,420
Federal, State, and Local Government
$29,440
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$25,860
Educational Services
$24,690
Accommodation and Food Services
$23,990
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$22,870
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$22,370
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$22,120
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$21,900
Health Care and Social Assistance
$21,800
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$20,220
Transportation and Warehousing
$18,510

Table 3. 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 $17,890 to $32,760. The highest paying state for personal care aides is Alaska with a median annual salary of $32,760. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $17,890. 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
$32,760
North Dakota
$31,300
Massachusetts
$28,020
District of Columbia
$27,490
Connecticut
$26,350
Washington
$25,020
New Jersey
$24,920
Vermont
$24,810
Hawaii
$24,690
New Hampshire
$24,360
Rhode Island
$23,970
New York
$23,810
Nebraska
$23,690
Minnesota
$23,670
Maryland
$23,630
Oregon
$23,410
California
$23,320
Iowa
$23,110
Delaware
$22,970
Illinois
$22,610
Pennsylvania
$22,560
Wyoming
$22,560
Nevada
$22,550
Colorado
$22,550
Montana
$22,490
Wisconsin
$22,430
Maine
$22,400
Kentucky
$22,250
Utah
$22,180
South Dakota
$21,830
Arizona
$21,570
Michigan
$21,380
Ohio
$21,350
Florida
$21,240
Idaho
$21,220
Guam
$20,960
Kansas
$20,890
Indiana
$20,330
Missouri
$20,310
North Carolina
$20,230
Mississippi
$19,940
South Carolina
$19,580
West Virginia
$19,160
Georgia
$19,110
Virginia
$19,080
Tennessee
$19,020
New Mexico
$18,990
Arkansas
$18,950
Oklahoma
$18,740
Texas
$18,320
Louisiana
$18,280
Alabama
$18,120
Puerto Rico
$17,890


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