Pathway to the Future: How Workforce Development and Quality Jobs Can Promote Quality Care Conference Package. National Statistics on the Direct-Care Workforce

05/01/2004

Employment Growth:
Many states continued to indicate that high rates of vacancies exist among direct-care workers occupations. This is not surprising given the growth in demand nationally for direct-care workers as projected by the US Bureau of Labor. Between 2002 and 2012, the Bureau of Labor projects employment growth of direct-care workers to more than double (33.8%) the projected growth in overall employment nationally (14.8%).

Wage Rates:
The national average of median hourly wages for the three major categories of direct-care workers (nurse aides, orderlies, and attendants; home health aides; and personal and home care aides) has increased from $7.97 in 1999 to $8.70 in 2002. This represents a 9.15% increase over the four-year period for an average annual increase of 2.28%. Wage rates for direct-care workers in 2002 are presented below:

National Wage Data for Direct-Care Workers, 2002
  Median Hourly Wage
See Table 3 for state unemployment data from 2001 to 2003. Also included in Table 3 are average median hourly wages, by state, across direct-care worker categories from 1999 to 2002.
Nurse Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants $9.59
Home Health Aides $8.70
Personal and Home Care Aides $7.81
Average median wage across 3 categories $8.70

 

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