In Wisconsin, as in the rest of the country, long-term care employers are struggling to recruit and retain direct care workers, especially in rural areas. This fact sheet provides a statistical snapshot of direct care workers in Wisconsin, as well as three considerations and one solution for strengthening this workforce.
Wisconsin has 101,180 direct care workers, which includes home care workers and nursing assistants.
The median wage for direct care workers in Wisconsin is $12.28.
49% of direct care workers in Wisconsin are in or near poverty.