How Much Do Personal Care Aides Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Personal Care Aides

Personal Care Aides assist the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities with daily living activities at the person's home or in a care facility. Duties performed at a place of residence may include keeping house (making beds, doing laundry, washing dishes) and preparing meals. May provide assistance at non-residential care facilities. May advise families, the elderly, convalescents, and persons with disabilities regarding such things as nutrition, cleanliness, and household activities.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$28060 per year
Hourly wage
$13 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$20,130 to $23,560 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$10 to $11 per hour

Entry-level Personal Care Aides with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $20,130 to $23,560 per year or $10 to $11 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Personal Care Aides to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $18 $36,990
Senior (Top 25%) $15 $31,280
Middle (Mid 50%) $13 $27,080
Junior (Bottom 25%) $11 $23,560
No experience (Bottom 10%) $10 $20,130

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
AK $17 $35,360
ND $16 $34,020
MA $16 $33,890
VT $16 $33,810
WA $16 $32,860
NY $15 $32,140
DC $15 $31,810
CA $15 $31,270
RI $15 $30,790
OR $15 $30,730

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Personal Care Aide is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like AK doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at AK might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Personal Care Aides are in the states of AK, ND, MA, VT and WA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
State Government $38640 $18.58
Educational Support Services $36210 $17.41
Other Investment Pools and Funds $35250 $16.95
Scientific Research and Development Services $33290 $16.00
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $32720 $15.73
Management of Companies and Enterprises $32190 $15.48
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $31210 $15.00
Social Advocacy Organizations $30950 $14.88
Rental and Leasing Services $30550 $14.69
Elementary and Secondary Schools $30410 $14.62
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services $30270 $14.55
Land Subdivision $30170 $14.51
Grantmaking and Giving Services $29970 $14.41
Specialty Hospitals $29910 $14.38
Health and Personal Care Stores $29780 $14.32
Offices of Physicians $29550 $14.21
Religious Organizations $29480 $14.18
Other Schools and Instruction $29020 $13.95
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $29000 $13.94
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $28850 $13.87
Child Day Care Services $28770 $13.83
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) $28650 $13.77
Individual and Family Services $28480 $13.69
Employment Services $28130 $13.52
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services $28080 $13.50
Outpatient Care Centers $28000 $13.46
Local Government $28000 $13.46
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities $27860 $13.40
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly $27790 $13.36
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $27700 $13.32

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