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Occupational Employment Statistics


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).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Central Minnesota 4,040135$17.29/hr$13.80/hr$15.22/hr$17.34/hr$19.39/hr$20.71/hr
Northeast Minnesota 2,630199$16.80/hr$13.48/hr$14.70/hr$16.79/hr$19.02/hr$20.43/hr
Northwest Minnesota 3,830286$16.49/hr$13.56/hr$14.60/hr$16.27/hr$18.54/hr$20.07/hr
Southeast Minnesota 4,6001,252$17.30/hr$13.73/hr$15.64/hr$17.66/hr$19.36/hr$20.40/hr
Southwest Minnesota 2,770437$16.61/hr$12.94/hr$14.19/hr$16.33/hr$19.01/hr$20.81/hr
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 11,110594$19.53/hr$15.84/hr$17.36/hr$19.35/hr$22.00/hr$24.83/hr
Minnesota 28,2601,498$17.95/hr$13.92/hr$15.75/hr$17.96/hr$20.03/hr$23.00/hr
U S 1,371,0508,226$15.96/hr$11.33/hr$13.27/hr$15.36/hr$18.42/hr$20.98/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business Services610$18.68/hr
Education and Health Services26,600$17.92/hr
Other Services70$17.07/hr
Public Administration980$18.50/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change -10-
Northeast Balance of State 740$16.04/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 760$16.84/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 1,030$17.48/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 1,210$16.51/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 1,560$16.51/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 1,830$15.75/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 2,070$16.59/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 2,180$17.05/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 2,220$17.21/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 2,630$16.79/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 2,660$18.14/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 2,770$16.33/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 3,320$16.10/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 3,830$16.27/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 4,040$17.34/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 4,600$17.66/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 11,110$19.35/hrN/A
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 13,250$19.16/hrN/A
Minnesota 28,260$17.96/hrN/A

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2018-2028
Physical Therapist Aides 300$18.80/hr14.8%
Animal Caretakers 2,430$13.60/hr11.5%
Occupational Therapy Aides 40$18.08/hr4.2%

  • Answer patient call signals, signal lights, bells, or intercom systems to determine patients' needs.
  • Wash, groom, shave, or drape patients to prepare them for surgery, treatment, or examination.
  • Exercise patients who are comatose, paralyzed, or have restricted mobility.
  • Review patients' dietary restrictions, food allergies, and preferences to ensure patient receives appropriate diet.
  • Observe or examine patients to detect symptoms that may require medical attention, such as bruises, open wounds, or blood in urine.
  • Restock patient rooms with personal hygiene items, such as towels, washcloths, soap, or toilet paper.
  • Gather information from caregivers, nurses, or physicians about patient condition, treatment plans, or appropriate activities.
  • Apply clean dressings, slings, stockings, or support bandages, under direction of nurse or physician.
  • Change bed linens or make beds.
  • Remind patients to take medications or nutritional supplements.