Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

31-1012 Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants

Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Perform duties, such as feed, bathe, dress, groom, or move patients, or change linens. Exclude "Home Health Aides" (31-1011) and "Psychiatric Aides" (31-1013).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,363,310 0.6 % $10.27 $21,370 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.26 $8.45 $9.98 $11.91 $13.91
Annual Wage (2) $15,090 $17,580 $20,760 $24,780 $28,940

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Nursing care facilities 600,930 $9.96 $20,710
General medical and surgical hospitals 360,560 $10.70 $22,260
Community care facilities for the elderly 112,140 $9.49 $19,740
Employment services 55,710 $11.41 $23,740
Local government (OES designation) 44,140 $11.07 $23,030

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal government (OES designation) 10,820 $14.08 $29,290
Scientific research and development services 260 $13.74 $28,590
Civic and social organizations 80 $13.52 $28,120
Other personal services (7) $13.41 $27,890
Other support services 180 $12.81 $26,650

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
North Dakota 5,950 $9.33 $19,400 1.891%
South Dakota 6,210 $9.08 $18,890 1.702%
Kansas 21,040 $9.72 $20,220 1.628%
Rhode Island 7,720 $11.75 $24,430 1.617%
Nebraska 14,050 $10.02 $20,840 1.597%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Alaska 1,890 $14.03 $29,170 0.650%
Connecticut 24,350 $12.83 $26,690 1.492%
New York 97,700 $12.79 $26,600 1.186%
Massachusetts 41,960 $12.26 $25,510 1.340%
Maryland 24,070 $11.81 $24,570 0.983%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV MSA 1,070 $8.17 $17,000 2.237%
Florence, SC MSA 1,380 $8.36 $17,380 2.208%
Duluth-Superior, MN-WI MSA 2,390 $11.34 $23,590 2.183%
La Crosse, WI-MN MSA 1,480 $10.73 $22,320 2.150%
Punta Gorda, FL MSA 870 $10.55 $21,940 2.124%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Francisco, CA PMSA 5,830 $14.69 $30,560 0.605%
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 12,070 $14.58 $30,340 1.016%
San Jose, CA PMSA 4,550 $14.37 $29,890 0.532%
New York, NY PMSA 48,540 $14.04 $29,200 1.230%
Oakland, CA PMSA 7,430 $13.48 $28,040 0.741%

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) Estimates not released.

All Healthcare Support Occupations

November 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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November 2003 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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