Personal Care and Service Occupation Profiles



Distinct Groups (33):
Employment: 4,514,960
Mean Hourly Wage: $12.74
Mean Annual Wage: $$26,510
Largest Employment Category--Personal Care Aides—1,492,250
Smallest Employment Category--Makeup Artists—3,600
Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here


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.

Did you know? Texas has the top three metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs in this occupation: Brownsville-Harlingen, TX (a whopping 120.64 per 1,000 jobs ratio), followed by McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX (96.69 per 1,000) and Laredo, TX (77.71 per 1,000). The Southwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area is the top paying nonmetro area at $46,920, well above the top metro area San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division ($37,570) and the  mean annual wage of the occupation as a whole ($26,510).

Highest Paid (mean annual wage)


Lowest Paid (from the lowest)


For the entire list of mean annual wages for this occupation (from highest to lowest), see here.

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

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