State Chart Book on Wages for Personal and Home Care Aides, 1999-2006

Source: Center for Personal Assistance Services, University of California, July 2008

This chart book tracks the wages received by personal and home care aides (PHCAs) in each state and the nation from 1999 to 2006. Key findings include: between 1999 and 2006, inflation-adjusted wages for PHCAs declined by 4%; In 2006, state real median wages ranged enormously, from $5.41 in Texas to $11.38 in Alaska; In 29 states, average hourly wages for PHCAs were below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line wage (for individuals in one-person households working full time), which would qualify these households for many state and federal assistance programs.

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