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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Personal Care Aides Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,160
25th Percentile Wage
$20,750
50th Percentile Wage
$23,100
75th Percentile Wage
$25,850
90th Percentile Wage
$30,750

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 $30,750. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $23,100. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,160. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 69% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of personal care aides from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$23,100
5.11% 13.81%
2016
$21,920
4.29% -
2015
$20,980
2.57% -
2014
$20,440
1.66% -
2013
$20,100
0.95% -
2012
$19,910
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Table 2. Personal Care Aides Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of personal care aides in 13 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 $33,440. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $21,690).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$33,440
Federal, State, and Local Government
$30,330
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$26,080
Educational Services
$24,960
Accommodation and Food Services
$23,420
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$23,340
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$23,130
Health Care and Social Assistance
$23,060
Transportation and Warehousing
$22,970
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$22,740
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$22,700
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$22,370
Retail Trade
$21,690

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 $17,850 to $32,530. The highest paying state for personal care aides is Alaska with a median annual salary of $32,530. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $17,850. 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
$32,530
North Dakota
$31,690
District of Columbia
$28,740
Massachusetts
$28,610
Washington
$26,720
Connecticut
$26,220
Hawaii
$26,060
New Jersey
$25,820
Rhode Island
$25,170
New Hampshire
$25,100
Vermont
$24,810
Nebraska
$24,610
Minnesota
$24,500
New York
$24,390
Oregon
$24,320
Maryland
$24,230
Wyoming
$24,170
California
$23,740
Maine
$23,650
Iowa
$23,600
Pennsylvania
$23,420
Utah
$23,230
Delaware
$23,210
Colorado
$23,180
Kentucky
$23,010
Montana
$22,960
Wisconsin
$22,950
Nevada
$22,900
South Dakota
$22,880
Arizona
$22,570
Virgin Islands
$22,530
Illinois
$22,520
Michigan
$22,080
Ohio
$22,060
Idaho
$21,670
Kansas
$21,580
Florida
$21,570
Indiana
$21,530
Missouri
$21,450
Guam
$20,960
North Carolina
$20,450
Georgia
$20,080
Mississippi
$20,020
Arkansas
$19,840
South Carolina
$19,730
Tennessee
$19,630
West Virginia
$19,500
New Mexico
$19,470
Virginia
$19,050
Oklahoma
$18,980
Texas
$18,770
Louisiana
$18,480
Alabama
$18,290
Puerto Rico
$17,850



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