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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

31-1131 Nursing Assistants

Provide or assist with basic care or support under the direction of onsite licensed nursing staff. Perform duties such as monitoring of health status, feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, or ambulation of patients in a health or nursing facility. May include medication administration and other health-related tasks. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants. Excludes “Home Health Aides” (31-1121), “Personal Care Aides” (31-1122), “Orderlies” (31-1132), and “Psychiatric Aides” (31-1133).


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)
1,419,920 0.5 % $14.77 $30,720 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.56 $12.24 $14.26 $16.95 $19.53
Annual Wage (2) $21,960 $25,460 $29,660 $35,260 $40,620


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) 566,240 35.31 $14.25 $29,650
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 373,200 6.69 $15.64 $32,540
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 157,270 16.61 $13.99 $29,100
Home Health Care Services 78,080 5.21 $14.09 $29,310
Individual and Family Services 39,020 1.54 $13.49 $28,070

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) 566,240 35.31 $14.25 $29,650
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 157,270 16.61 $13.99 $29,100
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 26,020 9.81 $15.95 $33,170
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 373,200 6.69 $15.64 $32,540
Home Health Care Services 78,080 5.21 $14.09 $29,310

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 360 0.05 $20.29 $42,210
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 14,970 0.75 $18.80 $39,090
Junior Colleges 80 0.01 $18.74 $38,970
Facilities Support Services (8) (8) $18.09 $37,630
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,320 0.11 $17.83 $37,090


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 100,190 5.76 0.60 $17.61 $36,630
Florida 87,840 9.99 1.03 $13.36 $27,790
New York 85,090 8.93 0.92 $18.66 $38,810
Texas 80,110 6.44 0.67 $13.43 $27,930
Pennsylvania 75,090 12.72 1.32 $15.19 $31,590




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 9,300 19.24 1.99 $15.88 $33,020
North Dakota 8,020 18.99 1.96 $16.50 $34,320
Kansas 21,840 15.68 1.62 $13.12 $27,280
Maine 9,020 14.76 1.53 $14.79 $30,770
Iowa 22,450 14.49 1.50 $14.67 $30,520




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,730 5.46 0.56 $19.38 $40,320
New York 85,090 8.93 0.92 $18.66 $38,810
Hawaii 4,000 6.30 0.65 $18.13 $37,710
California 100,190 5.76 0.60 $17.61 $36,630
District of Columbia 3,460 4.78 0.49 $16.98 $35,320





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 93,850 9.72 1.01 $18.39 $38,250
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 41,150 6.59 0.68 $16.73 $34,800
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 39,440 8.43 0.87 $14.87 $30,930
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 37,970 13.20 1.37 $15.22 $31,670
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 26,310 8.28 0.86 $15.58 $32,400
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 26,270 9.39 0.97 $17.42 $36,240
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 22,130 8.37 0.87 $13.11 $27,260
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 21,530 5.89 0.61 $14.24 $29,610
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 20,810 10.51 1.09 $15.15 $31,520
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 19,460 9.63 1.00 $16.88 $35,110