Personal Care and Service Occupation Profiles


The Personal Care and Service occupation profiles compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in May 2016 and modified in March 2017) include specific information about 33 distinct occupational job types.

Explore the qualifications and nature of each job type through links on this page and throughout the site

Fast Facts: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates that 4,514,960 are employed in this occupational group earning the “mean annual wage” (as defined below) of $26,510.

If you are interested in assessing long-term trends and comparing the Bureau’s annual surveys beginning in 1988 see here.

In general, the “mean” is the sum of the total values (e.g., wages) in the data set or survey divided by number of values (while the “median” is the middle value in same the sequence. The term “mean annual wage” (or “MAW”) is calculated by multiplying the mean hourly wage as determined by the BLS by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours. So, for example, the Personal Care and Service group’s mean hourly wage of $12.745, multiplied by 2,080, results in the mean annual wage of $26,510.

Distinct Occupational Types (by size):
Largest Employment Category--Personal Care Aides—1,492,250
Smallest Employment Category--Makeup Artists—3,600 

Highest Paid (mean annual wage) 

Lowest Paid (from the lowest) 

What’s Hot: Let’s just say this is an eclectic composition of service providers with Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance (a small group of 3,600) leading the way with a mean annual wage of $71,590 (a huge jump from $39,020 as recently as 2008). Next, up are Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors (at $54,700), The top two categories represent an interesting combination of occupations, with America’s high-rollers push Gaming Supervisors (at $50,810) in the third spot.

What’s Not: Many of those providing a personal touch face an inhospitable paycheck as Shampooers (at $20,960), Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers at $21,740 and Amusement and Recreation Attendants ($22,000) are in the Least Paid list. And speaking of someone looking for a better draw, Gaming Dealers are the 3rd Least Paid at $21,990. 

Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here.

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.