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State Chart Book on Wages for Personal Care Aides, 2002-2012

Fact Sheet
December 1, 2013

This fact sheet provides a state-by-state view of trends in wages for personal care aides (PCAs), 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 fact sheet underscores 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

In 2012 the national median wage for personal care aides was $9.67.
Although median wages increased, real wages decreased by nearly five percent when accounting for inflation.
Over two-thirds of states had an hourly PCA wage below 200% of the federal poverty level.
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