Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

31-1015 Orderlies

Transport patients to areas such as operating rooms or x-ray rooms using wheelchairs, stretchers, or moveable beds. May maintain stocks of supplies or clean and transport equipment. Psychiatric orderlies are included in "Psychiatric Aides" (31-1013). Excludes "Nursing Assistants" (31-1014).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
52,660 2.6 % $13.26 $27,580 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.02 $10.30 $12.30 $15.22 $18.77
Annual Wage (2) $18,770 $21,420 $25,580 $31,650 $39,030


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 36,840 0.70 $13.32 $27,700
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 5,510 0.33 $11.34 $23,590
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 1,490 0.17 $10.06 $20,930
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,260 0.50 $17.18 $35,740
Offices of Physicians 1,240 0.05 $13.04 $27,120

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 36,840 0.70 $13.32 $27,700
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,260 0.50 $17.18 $35,740
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 5,510 0.33 $11.34 $23,590
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 1,490 0.17 $10.06 $20,930
Outpatient Care Centers 920 0.13 $16.33 $33,980

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,260 0.50 $17.18 $35,740
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 250 0.11 $16.87 $35,100
Outpatient Care Centers 920 0.13 $16.33 $33,980
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories (8) (8) $15.12 $31,450
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 890 0.03 $14.82 $30,830


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 4,610 0.40 1.04 $11.41 $23,740
New York 4,390 0.49 1.28 $16.73 $34,800
California 4,150 0.27 0.70 $18.77 $39,040
South Carolina 3,850 2.00 5.23 $10.28 $21,380
Florida 2,980 0.38 0.98 $10.84 $22,550




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Carolina 3,850 2.00 5.23 $10.28 $21,380
Delaware 310 0.71 1.86 $13.18 $27,410
Oklahoma 1,060 0.66 1.73 $11.55 $24,020
New Jersey 2,480 0.63 1.66 $12.87 $26,770
Idaho 410 0.63 1.65 $12.10 $25,160




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,150 0.27 0.70 $18.77 $39,040
Hawaii 70 0.12 0.31 $17.77 $36,970
Massachusetts 1,820 0.54 1.40 $16.74 $34,820
New York 4,390 0.49 1.28 $16.73 $34,800
Minnesota 270 0.10 0.26 $16.12 $33,520





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,690 0.57 1.49 $16.51 $34,350
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,410 0.40 1.03 $14.19 $29,510
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,400 0.48 1.25 $12.25 $25,490
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.28 0.72 $17.74 $36,910
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,090 0.44 1.15 $14.11 $29,350
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,030 0.79 2.06 $13.38 $27,830
Pittsburgh, PA 860 0.76 1.99 $13.82 $28,740
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 840 0.66 1.73 $16.59 $34,500
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 840 0.48 1.25 $17.51 $36,420
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 690 0.60 1.57 $13.54 $28,170




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sumter, SC 240 6.91 18.08 $9.87 $20,520
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 340 4.93 12.91 $9.58 $19,920
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 120 1.95 5.12 $15.80 $32,860
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 530 1.66 4.34 $9.92 $20,630
Florence, SC 120 1.42 3.73 $9.51 $19,790
Lubbock, TX 190 1.40 3.68 $9.69 $20,150
Chico, CA 90 1.22 3.19 (8) (8)
Columbia, SC 430 1.18 3.10 $10.17 $21,160
Terre Haute, IN 70 1.09 2.86 $11.59 $24,100
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 80 0.91 2.38 $13.43 $27,940




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 280 0.28 0.72 $23.73 $49,350
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 250 0.25 0.66 $21.70 $45,130
Santa Rosa, CA (8) (8) (8) $19.94 $41,480
Bakersfield, CA 60 0.20 0.53 $19.64 $40,850
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 350 0.40 1.03 $19.49 $40,530
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 430 0.33 0.86 $19.47 $40,500
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 280 0.26 0.69 $18.96 $39,440
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 70 0.23 0.61 $17.88 $37,190
Urban Honolulu, HI 70 0.14 0.38 $17.86 $37,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.28 0.72 $17.74 $36,910

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 170 0.91 2.39 $10.07 $20,960
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 130 0.75 1.96 $11.59 $24,100
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 120 0.92 2.42 $11.97 $24,900
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 110 0.64 1.68 $11.32 $23,550
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 100 0.56 1.46 $10.47 $21,770

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pee Dee South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 1.15 3.01 $9.68 $20,130
South Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 80 1.09 2.86 $11.80 $24,540
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 120 0.92 2.42 $11.97 $24,900
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 170 0.91 2.39 $10.07 $20,960
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 130 0.75 1.96 $11.59 $24,100

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 0.53 $14.09 $29,300
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $12.66 $26,320
Northeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 0.67 $12.48 $25,960
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.15 0.40 $12.14 $25,240
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.43 1.12 $12.07 $25,100


About May 2015 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016