Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
1,420,570 0.6 % $12.89 $26,820 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.32 $10.47 $12.36 $14.68 $17.74
Annual Wage (2) $19,390 $21,780 $25,710 $30,530 $36,890


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) 612,120 37.02 $12.36 $25,710
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 343,650 6.51 $13.95 $29,010
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 156,220 18.11 $12.08 $25,130
Home Health Care Services 70,210 5.41 $11.89 $24,720
Employment Services 37,990 1.06 $13.75 $28,610

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) 612,120 37.02 $12.36 $25,710
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 156,220 18.11 $12.08 $25,130
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 23,920 9.61 $13.86 $28,830
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 343,650 6.51 $13.95 $29,010
Home Health Care Services 70,210 5.41 $11.89 $24,720

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) 13,210 0.67 $17.68 $36,760
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,950 0.10 $15.86 $32,990
Scientific Research and Development Services 590 0.09 $15.51 $32,270
Educational Support Services 50 0.03 $15.27 $31,750
Insurance Carriers 160 0.01 $15.04 $31,290


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)
New York 98,500 10.96 1.06 $16.06 $33,390
California 98,040 6.33 0.61 $14.96 $31,110
Florida 88,110 11.12 1.08 $11.78 $24,510
Texas 82,660 7.14 0.69 $11.80 $24,550
Pennsylvania 72,680 12.73 1.24 $13.68 $28,460



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 9,250 19.62 1.90 $13.99 $29,090
Kansas 21,890 15.96 1.55 $11.54 $23,990
North Dakota 7,060 15.77 1.53 $14.19 $29,520
Arkansas 17,950 15.26 1.48 $10.61 $22,070
Iowa 23,130 15.15 1.47 $12.64 $26,300



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,770 5.39 0.52 $17.93 $37,300
New York 98,500 10.96 1.06 $16.06 $33,390
Nevada 5,440 4.41 0.43 $15.73 $32,710
District of Columbia 3,320 4.91 0.48 $15.71 $32,680
Connecticut 21,750 13.10 1.27 $15.33 $31,890




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 70,790 10.93 1.06 $16.38 $34,070
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 30,470 8.53 0.83 $12.89 $26,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 29,620 7.22 0.70 $14.67 $30,500
St. Louis, MO-IL 18,870 14.27 1.39 $12.03 $25,020
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 18,150 6.19 0.60 $12.21 $25,400
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 16,710 8.89 0.86 $14.83 $30,850
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 16,570 6.68 0.65 $11.41 $23,740
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 16,370 9.30 0.90 $14.83 $30,860
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 15,410 12.67 1.23 $11.93 $24,810
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 15,090 6.24 0.61 $13.90 $28,920