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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Orderlies
Industry profile for Orderlies
Geographic profile for Orderlies

National estimates for Orderlies:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Orderlies:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
45,160 0.9 % $ 16.08 $ 33,440 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Orderlies:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.52 $ 13.73 $ 14.42 $ 17.97 $ 22.34
Annual Wage (2) $ 23,970 $ 28,560 $ 29,990 $ 37,380 $ 46,470


Industry profile for Orderlies:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Orderlies are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Orderlies, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Orderlies:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 37,650 0.67 $ 16.12 $ 33,530
Offices of Physicians 1,340 0.05 $ 14.63 $ 30,430
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 1,300 0.09 $ 13.87 $ 28,850
Outpatient Care Centers 1,070 0.11 $ 19.84 $ 41,280
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 550 0.02 $ 16.79 $ 34,930

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Orderlies:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 37,650 0.67 $ 16.12 $ 33,530
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 400 0.17 $ 18.40 $ 38,280
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 420 0.15 $ 15.75 $ 32,770
Outpatient Care Centers 1,070 0.11 $ 19.84 $ 41,280
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 1,300 0.09 $ 13.87 $ 28,850

Top paying industries for Orderlies:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 1,070 0.11 $ 19.84 $ 41,280
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 400 0.17 $ 18.40 $ 38,280
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 180 (7) $ 17.73 $ 36,880
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 550 0.02 $ 16.79 $ 34,930
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 510 0.02 $ 16.27 $ 33,830


Geographic profile for Orderlies:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Orderlies are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Orderlies, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of orderlies by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Orderlies:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,530 0.27 0.85 $ 21.80 $ 45,340
New York 4,060 0.47 1.46 $ 19.31 $ 40,170
Florida 3,410 0.40 1.24 $ 13.41 $ 27,890
New Jersey 3,070 0.80 2.49 $ 16.75 $ 34,840
Pennsylvania 2,530 0.45 1.41 $ 16.14 $ 33,580


Map of location quotient of orderlies by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Orderlies:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 350 0.80 2.49 $ 17.49 $ 36,390
New Jersey 3,070 0.80 2.49 $ 16.75 $ 34,840
Maryland 1,390 0.54 1.70 $ 14.82 $ 30,820
Connecticut 850 0.54 1.69 $ 16.12 $ 33,530
New Mexico 400 0.52 1.61 $ 15.15 $ 31,510


Map of annual mean wages of orderlies by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Orderlies:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,530 0.27 0.85 $ 21.80 $ 45,340
Hawaii 90 0.16 0.49 $ 19.48 $ 40,520
New York 4,060 0.47 1.46 $ 19.31 $ 40,170
Washington 500 0.15 0.48 $ 18.75 $ 38,990
Minnesota 340 0.12 0.39 $ 18.48 $ 38,440



Map of employment of orderlies by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Orderlies:

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 5,210 0.60 1.87 $ 18.85 $ 39,200
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,810 0.32 0.99 $ 20.18 $ 41,960
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,750 0.66 2.06 $ 17.11 $ 35,600
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,170 0.28 0.86 $ 15.93 $ 33,120
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,050 0.41 1.27 $ 18.04 $ 37,510
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 880 0.70 2.18 $ 14.46 $ 30,080
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 860 0.30 0.93 $ 14.89 $ 30,980
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 850 0.66 2.05 $ 13.36 $ 27,800
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 810 0.45 1.40 $ 15.20 $ 31,610
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 680 0.44 1.39 $ 23.73 $ 49,350


Map of location quotient of orderlies by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Orderlies:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 140 2.40 7.48 $ 17.68 $ 36,770
Trenton, NJ 340 1.48 4.61 $ 18.02 $ 37,480
Williamsport, PA 50 1.01 3.16 $ 15.47 $ 32,180
Tallahassee, FL 170 1.01 3.15 $ 11.48 $ 23,870
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 120 0.97 3.04 $ 14.61 $ 30,400
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 340 0.95 2.97 $ 16.04 $ 33,370
Tuscaloosa, AL 90 0.94 2.93 $ 11.75 $ 24,430
Lubbock, TX 130 0.92 2.88 $ 11.70 $ 24,340
Terre Haute, IN 50 0.85 2.65 $ 14.08 $ 29,290
Albuquerque, NM 270 0.73 2.28 $ 15.31 $ 31,840


Map of annual mean wages of orderlies by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Orderlies:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 470 0.21 0.65 $ 26.84 $ 55,820
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 230 0.22 0.67 $ 24.70 $ 51,370
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 250 0.25 0.79 $ 23.91 $ 49,740
Santa Rosa, CA 40 0.21 0.65 $ 23.79 $ 49,480
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 680 0.44 1.39 $ 23.73 $ 49,350
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,810 0.32 0.99 $ 20.18 $ 41,960
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 340 0.24 0.76 $ 19.78 $ 41,130
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 240 0.13 0.41 $ 19.55 $ 40,660
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 250 0.13 0.41 $ 19.41 $ 40,370
Bakersfield, CA 60 0.20 0.62 $ 18.99 $ 39,510

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Orderlies:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.30 0.93 $ 14.13 $ 29,390
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.42 1.31 $ 13.99 $ 29,090
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 60 0.31 0.96 $ 14.64 $ 30,460
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 0.90 $ 14.40 $ 29,950
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.41 1.27 $ 14.13 $ 29,400

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Orderlies:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.75 2.33 $ 11.31 $ 23,530
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 30 0.53 1.66 $ 11.50 $ 23,910
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 30 0.53 1.64 $ 11.67 $ 24,280
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.42 1.31 $ 13.99 $ 29,090
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.41 1.27 $ 14.13 $ 29,400

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Orderlies:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 0.70 $ 16.53 $ 34,390
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 0.76 $ 15.58 $ 32,400
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 40 0.13 0.39 $ 15.11 $ 31,430
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 0.98 $ 15.07 $ 31,350
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 60 0.31 0.96 $ 14.64 $ 30,460


About May 2021 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022