Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
53,920 2.5 % $12.35 $25,700 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.52 $9.85 $11.53 $14.38 $17.49
Annual Wage (2) $17,730 $20,480 $23,990 $29,920 $36,390


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 38,900 0.74 $12.48 $25,950
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 6,820 0.41 $10.81 $22,480
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 1,380 0.18 $10.79 $22,440
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,180 0.02 $15.05 $31,300
State Government (OES Designation) 1,120 0.05 $12.87 $26,760

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 38,900 0.74 $12.48 $25,950
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 6,820 0.41 $10.81 $22,480
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 1,380 0.18 $10.79 $22,440
Outpatient Care Centers 720 0.11 $13.35 $27,760
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 490 0.08 $13.83 $28,770

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Health Care Services 310 0.03 $15.20 $31,610
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,180 0.02 $15.05 $31,300
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 90 0.03 $14.41 $29,980
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 360 0.01 $14.25 $29,650
Management of Companies and Enterprises 110 0.01 $13.90 $28,910


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)
California 5,380 0.38 0.91 $15.41 $32,060
Texas 5,280 0.50 1.21 $10.65 $22,150
New York 3,860 0.45 1.09 $14.06 $29,240
Florida 3,270 0.45 1.09 $10.51 $21,860
South Carolina 2,580 1.43 3.46 $10.74 $22,330




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 2,580 1.43 3.46 $10.74 $22,330
New Mexico 710 0.91 2.21 $12.22 $25,410
Oklahoma 1,350 0.88 2.13 $11.13 $23,150
Alabama 1,490 0.82 1.98 $10.25 $21,310
Alaska 240 0.75 1.81 $18.13 $37,710




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 240 0.75 1.81 $18.13 $37,710
Hawaii 60 0.10 0.25 $16.53 $34,390
California 5,380 0.38 0.91 $15.41 $32,060
Connecticut 760 0.47 1.13 $15.26 $31,740
Rhode Island 130 0.28 0.67 $14.92 $31,040





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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,340 0.45 1.10 $15.25 $31,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,550 0.40 0.97 $14.03 $29,180
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,540 0.42 1.02 $13.91 $28,930
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,450 0.55 1.32 $9.99 $20,770
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,090 0.64 1.54 $13.61 $28,320
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 890 0.43 1.03 $11.59 $24,110
Pittsburgh, PA 870 0.77 1.86 $13.19 $27,440
Baltimore-Towson, MD 850 0.67 1.62 $12.75 $26,520
Oklahoma City, OK 840 1.44 3.47 $11.02 $22,920
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 840 0.94 2.27 $11.66 $24,260




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)
Kankakee-Bradley, IL 90 2.22 5.36 $12.77 $26,550
Ocean City, NJ 80 2.00 4.83 $13.90 $28,900
Oklahoma City, OK 840 1.44 3.47 $11.02 $22,920
Sumter, SC 50 1.39 3.36 $9.38 $19,500
San Angelo, TX 60 1.37 3.31 $11.47 $23,860
Tuscaloosa, AL 120 1.33 3.22 $9.81 $20,400
Gainesville, FL 160 1.32 3.20 $11.28 $23,450
Florence, SC 90 1.15 2.77 $10.22 $21,260
Cumberland, MD-WV 40 1.11 2.68 $12.02 $25,010
Binghamton, NY 120 1.11 2.69 $11.59 $24,110




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 Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 410 0.46 1.11 $21.33 $44,370
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 40 0.23 0.55 $20.56 $42,770
Fresno, CA (8) (8) (8) $19.70 $40,980
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 250 0.25 0.61 $18.24 $37,950
Stockton, CA 50 0.28 0.67 $16.73 $34,810
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 50 0.28 0.67 $16.56 $34,450
Modesto, CA (8) (8) (8) $16.43 $34,170
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $15.94 $33,160
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA (8) (8) (8) $15.86 $33,000
Lancaster, PA (8) (8) (8) $15.83 $32,920

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)
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 530 3.81 9.22 $11.91 $24,780
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 320 3.00 7.25 $11.06 $23,010
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 280 1.02 2.46 $8.97 $18,660
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 270 1.45 3.50 $10.44 $21,710
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 130 1.04 2.51 $11.25 $23,400

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)
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 530 3.81 9.22 $11.91 $24,780
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 320 3.00 7.25 $11.06 $23,010
Pee Dee South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 1.94 4.69 $9.46 $19,670
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 80 1.50 3.62 $9.38 $19,500
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 270 1.45 3.50 $10.44 $21,710

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)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 0.59 $16.55 $34,420
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 1.08 $15.65 $32,550
Central New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.90 $30,990
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.38 0.91 $13.65 $28,390
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 0.56 $12.79 $26,610


About May 2012 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 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.

(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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013