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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

31-1132 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. Excludes “Nursing Assistants” (31-1131). Psychiatric orderlies are included in “Psychiatric Aides” (31-1133).


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)
46,990 2.1 % $14.76 $30,710 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.38 $11.77 $13.93 $17.05 $20.61
Annual Wage (2) $21,590 $24,480 $28,980 $35,460 $42,860


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 37,790 0.68 $14.74 $30,650
Offices of Physicians 1,180 0.04 $15.55 $32,340
Outpatient Care Centers 1,030 0.11 $19.17 $39,870
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 660 0.25 $16.06 $33,400
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 640 0.02 $15.63 $32,520

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 37,790 0.68 $14.74 $30,650
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 660 0.25 $16.06 $33,400
Facilities Support Services 350 0.21 $12.83 $26,690
Outpatient Care Centers 1,030 0.11 $19.17 $39,870
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 240 0.10 $18.14 $37,740

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 1,030 0.11 $19.17 $39,870
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 240 0.10 $18.14 $37,740
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 30 0.01 $17.43 $36,260
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 450 0.02 $16.49 $34,300
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 660 0.25 $16.06 $33,400


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 3,780 0.22 0.68 $20.30 $42,230
Texas 3,330 0.27 0.84 $12.36 $25,700
New York 3,070 0.32 1.01 $18.06 $37,570
New Jersey 2,820 0.69 2.15 $15.21 $31,640
Pennsylvania 2,610 0.44 1.38 $14.07 $29,260




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)
Delaware 350 0.78 2.44 $15.97 $33,210
New Jersey 2,820 0.69 2.15 $15.21 $31,640
Massachusetts 2,210 0.61 1.91 $17.61 $36,630
Indiana 1,680 0.55 1.70 $14.51 $30,180
South Carolina 1,130 0.54 1.68 $11.95 $24,860




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 160 0.24 0.76 $20.40 $42,430
California 3,780 0.22 0.68 $20.30 $42,230
Minnesota 700 0.24 0.76 $18.63 $38,740
New York 3,070 0.32 1.01 $18.06 $37,570
Massachusetts 2,210 0.61 1.91 $17.61 $36,630





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,100 0.42 1.33 $17.42 $36,220
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,880 0.40 1.26 $14.74 $30,650
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,730 0.62 1.94 $18.14 $37,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,500 0.24 0.75 $18.73 $38,960
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,490 0.52 1.62 $14.52 $30,200
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,300 0.43 1.33 $12.59 $26,180
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 930 0.47 1.47 $14.25 $29,650
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 880 0.64 2.00 $13.51 $28,100
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 860 0.27 0.85 $15.05 $31,290
St. Louis, MO-IL 740 0.54 1.70 $12.23 $25,440




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)
Trenton, NJ 380 1.56 4.89 $16.32 $33,950
Lubbock, TX 180 1.22 3.80 $11.63 $24,190
Fort Wayne, IN 240 1.11 3.48 $15.25 $31,720
Tyler, TX 100 1.01 3.14 $11.95 $24,860
Erie, PA 120 0.97 3.05 $12.98 $26,990
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 30 0.91 2.86 $12.70 $26,420
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 310 0.75 2.34 $11.09 $23,060
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 410 0.73 2.29 $12.79 $26,600
Ames, IA 30 0.72 2.24 $12.34 $25,680
Corpus Christi, TX 120 0.66 2.06 $11.70 $24,330




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)
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 230 0.22 0.70 $24.64 $51,240
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 500 0.33 1.02 $23.69 $49,270
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 450 0.18 0.57 $21.51 $44,730
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 300 0.26 0.82 $20.64 $42,920
Urban Honolulu, HI 140 0.30 0.95 $20.58 $42,810
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 370 0.19 0.58 $19.93 $41,450
Fresno, CA 80 0.19 0.61 $19.75 $41,080
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 40 0.12 0.39 $19.38 $40,320
Bakersfield, CA 60 0.18 0.55 $19.10 $39,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,500 0.24 0.75 $18.73 $38,960

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 100 0.51 1.59 $10.39 $21,600
East Georgia nonmetropolitan area 80 0.92 2.86 $10.83 $22,520
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 70 0.22 0.68 $12.87 $26,760
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.32 1.01 $14.40 $29,950
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 60 0.33 1.02 $14.39 $29,930

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)
East Georgia nonmetropolitan area 80 0.92 2.86 $10.83 $22,520
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 50 0.73 2.29 $10.87 $22,620
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.59 1.84 $11.74 $24,420
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.51 1.59 $10.39 $21,600
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 1.25 $12.24 $25,460

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)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 1.07 $16.55 $34,430
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.83 $32,920
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.32 1.01 $14.40 $29,950
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 1.04 $14.39 $29,940
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 60 0.33 1.02 $14.39 $29,930


About May 2019 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020