Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

31-1014 Nursing Assistants

Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Perform duties such as feed, bathe, dress, groom, or move patients, or change linens. May transfer or transport patients. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants. Excludes "Home Health Aides" (31-1011), "Orderlies" (31-1015), "Personal Care Aides" (39-9021), and "Psychiatric Aides" (31-1013).


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)
1,420,020 0.5 % $12.32 $25,620 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.80 $10.07 $11.74 $14.16 $16.99
Annual Wage (2) $18,300 $20,940 $24,420 $29,450 $35,330


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)
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 620,410 37.31 $11.85 $24,650
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 345,260 6.59 $13.31 $27,690
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 166,250 21.22 $11.47 $23,850
Home Health Care Services 63,490 5.39 $11.35 $23,600
Employment Services 37,250 1.20 $12.39 $25,760

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 620,410 37.31 $11.85 $24,650
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 166,250 21.22 $11.47 $23,850
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 18,700 8.12 $13.49 $28,070
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 345,260 6.59 $13.31 $27,690
Home Health Care Services 63,490 5.39 $11.35 $23,600

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,430 0.61 $17.28 $35,930
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 5,100 0.18 $15.40 $32,030
Scientific Research and Development Services 340 0.05 $14.83 $30,840
State Government (OES Designation) 15,060 0.68 $14.68 $30,520
Insurance Carriers 190 0.02 $14.32 $29,770


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 99,500 6.96 0.64 $14.13 $29,400
New York 98,340 11.51 1.06 $15.31 $31,840
Texas 86,940 8.22 0.75 $11.13 $23,150
Florida 84,740 11.65 1.07 $11.58 $24,080
Pennsylvania 71,660 12.80 1.17 $13.12 $27,290




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)
Rhode Island 9,390 20.73 1.90 $13.75 $28,590
Arkansas 19,230 16.65 1.53 $10.10 $21,000
North Dakota 6,550 16.23 1.49 $13.24 $27,530
Maine 9,240 15.90 1.46 $11.68 $24,300
Iowa 22,750 15.47 1.42 $12.15 $25,270




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 2,030 6.36 0.58 $16.82 $34,990
New York 98,340 11.51 1.06 $15.31 $31,840
Connecticut 21,380 13.20 1.21 $15.22 $31,660
Nevada 4,910 4.36 0.40 $15.03 $31,270
District of Columbia 2,930 4.48 0.41 $14.57 $30,300





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 56,810 11.02 1.01 $16.01 $33,300
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 32,770 9.00 0.83 $12.18 $25,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 31,710 8.19 0.75 $13.29 $27,640
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 24,710 13.55 1.24 $13.54 $28,170
St. Louis, MO-IL 18,240 14.30 1.31 $11.25 $23,390
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 16,610 6.29 0.58 $11.76 $24,460
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 16,420 9.59 0.88 $14.85 $30,900
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 16,110 7.12 0.65 $11.14 $23,180
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 15,880 14.09 1.29 $11.56 $24,040
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 15,380 12.58 1.15 $16.83 $35,000