Hospitals: NAICS 622

About the Hospitals subsector

The hospitals subsector is part of the health care and social assistance sector.

Industries in the Hospitals subsector provide medical, diagnostic, and treatment services that include physician, nursing, and other health services to inpatients and the specialized accommodation services required by inpatients. Hospitals may also provide outpatient services as a secondary activity. Establishments in the Hospitals subsector provide inpatient health services, many of which can only be provided using the specialized facilities and equipment that form a significant and integral part of the production process.

North American Industry Classification System

The hospitals subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals: NAICS 6221
  • Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals: NAICS 6222
  • Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals: NAICS 6223

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in hospitals. While most data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys, information on industry unemployment comes from a national survey of households. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, the unemployment rate of those previously employed in the industry, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment and Unemployment

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Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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4,804.4 4,802.5 (P) 4,813.2 (P) 4,819.4

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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4,407.9 4,411.3 (P) 4,421.1  

Unemployment

 

Unemployment rate

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2.2% 2.0% 2.5% 2.0%

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

129,100

Medical and clinical laboratory technologists

97,050

Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants

 

Radiologic technologists and technicians

117,590

Registered nurses

 

Note: These employment estimates include employment in both the private-sector and government.

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for hospitals.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in hospitals. This section also contains information on the average cost of benefits paid by employers, as well as recent rates of change in wages and total compensation.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$29.33 $29.31 $29.53 (P) $29.56

Average weekly hours

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36.1 36.2 36.2 (P) 36.3

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$28.17 $28.21 $28.39 (P) $28.39

Average weekly hours

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35.7 35.8 35.8 (P) 35.8

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

$19.70 $20.25 $40,980 $42,120

Medical and clinical laboratory technologists

$28.46 $29.02 $59,190 $60,350

Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants

       

Radiologic technologists and technicians

$26.92 $27.70 $56,000 $57,610

Registered nurses

       

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Employer Compensation Costs

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12-month percent change

 

Total compensation

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1.8% 1.8% 1.8% 1.8%

Wages and salaries

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1.7% 1.6% 1.7% 1.6%

12-month percent change: State and local government

 

Total compensation

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1.8% 2.1% 1.1% 1.3%

Wages and salaries

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1.2% 1.3% 0.7% 0.8%

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)



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Compensation component
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Percent of total compensation

Compensation costs

 

Total compensation

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40.35 100.0

Wages and salaries

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26.99 66.9

Total benefits

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13.36 33.1

Insurance

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4.08 10.1

Retirement

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1.61 4.0

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in hospitals. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

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Fatalities

 

Number of fatalities

28 25 20 (P) 30

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

 

Total recordable cases

7.0      

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

2.8      

Cases involving days away from work

1.6      

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.2      

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(P) Preliminary

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction.

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Producer price index

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(P) 187.8 (P) 187.8 (P) 188.0 (P) 188.3

Percent change from previous month

  (P) 0.1% (P) 0.0% (P) 0.1% (P) 0.2%

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in hospitals.

Establishments

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Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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8,543 8,606 8,703 (P) 8,671

Local government

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1,183 1,198 1,204 (P) 1,207

State government

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1,191 1,236 1,225 (P) 1,368

Federal government

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342 335 331 (P) 329

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Other BLS Resources

Monthly Labor Review

See hospitals in the Index of the Monthly Labor Review Online (Current Issue).

Career Guide to Industries

To learn about careers from an industry perspective, see the Career Guide to Industries.

 

Data extracted on: October 15, 2014