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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

31-1015 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. Psychiatric orderlies are included in "Psychiatric Aides" (31-1013). Excludes "Nursing Assistants" (31-1014).


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)
52,630 2.3 % $13.94 $28,990 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.73 $10.93 $13.07 $16.20 $19.52
Annual Wage (2) $20,240 $22,730 $27,180 $33,700 $40,610


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 40,490 0.74 $14.13 $29,380
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 4,220 0.26 $12.00 $24,950
Outpatient Care Centers 1,060 0.12 $17.01 $35,390
Offices of Physicians 940 0.04 $14.19 $29,520
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 800 0.31 $14.69 $30,550

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 40,490 0.74 $14.13 $29,380
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 800 0.31 $14.69 $30,550
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 4,220 0.26 $12.00 $24,950
Outpatient Care Centers 1,060 0.12 $17.01 $35,390
Facilities Support Services 150 0.10 $11.62 $24,170

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 140 0.06 $17.21 $35,800
Outpatient Care Centers 1,060 0.12 $17.01 $35,390
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 80 0.03 $15.45 $32,130
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (8) (8) $15.33 $31,890
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 700 0.03 $15.27 $31,760


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 4,440 0.27 0.72 $18.72 $38,940
Texas 4,430 0.37 1.01 $11.61 $24,150
New York 3,440 0.37 1.01 $16.60 $34,520
Illinois 3,320 0.56 1.52 $15.38 $31,990
Georgia 2,780 0.64 1.75 $13.61 $28,300




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)
South Carolina 1,910 0.95 2.57 $11.46 $23,830
New Jersey 2,760 0.69 1.87 $13.97 $29,060
Louisiana 1,300 0.68 1.84 $10.45 $21,730
Georgia 2,780 0.64 1.75 $13.61 $28,300
Massachusetts 2,160 0.61 1.66 $17.22 $35,810




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,440 0.27 0.72 $18.72 $38,940
Hawaii 170 0.27 0.72 $18.60 $38,690
Minnesota 370 0.13 0.36 $18.53 $38,550
Massachusetts 2,160 0.61 1.66 $17.22 $35,810
New York 3,440 0.37 1.01 $16.60 $34,520



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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 2,950 0.44 1.19 $15.95 $33,170
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,140 0.59 1.58 $15.13 $31,460
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,830 0.70 1.90 $14.56 $30,290
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,510 0.51 1.39 $11.95 $24,860
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,400 0.76 2.06 $18.43 $38,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,360 0.31 0.83 $17.38 $36,150
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,050 0.77 2.10 $13.71 $28,510
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 830 0.71 1.93 $14.35 $29,850
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 810 0.62 1.68 $17.49 $36,390
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 800 0.77 2.09 $12.68 $26,370


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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)
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 130 2.21 5.98 $15.78 $32,830
Lubbock, TX 220 1.57 4.25 $10.96 $22,800
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 270 1.53 4.15 $11.51 $23,930
Tyler, TX 110 1.12 3.03 $10.12 $21,050
Tulsa, OK 450 1.05 2.85 $11.31 $23,530
Terre Haute, IN 70 1.03 2.78 $12.46 $25,930
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL 40 0.95 2.58 $11.08 $23,040
Charlottesville, VA 100 0.87 2.35 $14.34 $29,840
Florence, SC 70 0.82 2.23 $10.36 $21,550
Amarillo, TX 90 0.80 2.17 $10.65 $22,160


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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)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.15 0.41 $24.01 $49,930
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 240 0.22 0.60 $22.50 $46,790
Santa Rosa, CA (8) (8) (8) $22.29 $46,360
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 340 0.35 0.95 $20.82 $43,310
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 50 0.24 0.66 $20.00 $41,600
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 490 0.34 0.93 $19.98 $41,560
Duluth, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $19.35 $40,240
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 300 0.15 0.42 $18.90 $39,310
Urban Honolulu, HI 160 0.34 0.93 $18.67 $38,830
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,400 0.76 2.06 $18.43 $38,340

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 140 0.76 2.05 $10.70 $22,250
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.49 1.34 $12.63 $26,280
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 60 0.27 0.73 $10.32 $21,470
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 60 0.18 0.48 $11.88 $24,710
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 0.96 $9.40 $19,540

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)
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 140 0.76 2.05 $10.70 $22,250
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 40 0.60 1.63 $9.94 $20,680
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.49 1.34 $12.63 $26,280
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.43 1.16 $13.18 $27,410
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.41 1.11 $11.09 $23,070

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)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.18 $41,970
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 0.75 $14.00 $29,130
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 0.45 $13.91 $28,940
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.43 1.16 $13.18 $27,410
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.01 $27,060


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018