Nursing Assistants and Orderlies

What They Do:

Nursing assistants, sometimes called nursing aides, help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Orderlies transport patients and clean treatment areas.


Where They Work:

  • Hospitals

  • Nursing and residential care facilities


What They Make:

  • The median annual wage for nursing assistants was $29,660 in 2019.
  • The median annual wage for orderlies was $28,980 in 2019.

Career Outlook:

Overall employment of nursing assistants and orderlies is projected to grow 8 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations.




Updated February 2021