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State Chart Book on Wages for Personal Care Aides, 2001-2011

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October 1, 2012

This chart book provides a state-by-state look at trends in wages for personal care aides (PCAs), the fourth fastest-growing occupation in the U.S., and a key job title within the direct care workforce. Prepared as a resource guide on wages for advocates and policymakers concerned with the direct care workforce, the data underscore the problem of low wages for PCAs, factors which contribute to workforce instability and near-poverty incomes for this high-demand workforce.

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Key Takeaways

After adjusting for inflation, real wages for PCAs decreased by more than four percent from 2001-2011.
In 2011, no state reported a PCA wage above 250% of the Federal Poverty Level for a single individual.
Over the 10-year period, 41 states showed a decline in real median wages for PCAs.
 
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