Occupational Employment Statistics


31-1014 Nursing Assistants

Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Perform duties such as feed, bathe, dress, groom, or move patients, or change linens. May transfer or transport patients. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants. Excludes “Home Health Aides” (31-1011), “Orderlies” (31-1015), “Personal Care Aides” (39-9021), and “Psychiatric Aides” (31-1013).

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 5,440741$15.99/hr$12.89/hr$13.98/hr$15.87/hr$18.21/hr$19.66/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business ServicesN/A$17.73/hr
Education and Health Services30,290$16.51/hr
Other Services70$16.06/hr
Public Administration820$17.22/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State 730$14.93/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 890$14.29/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 1,010$15.63/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 1,160$17.04/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 1,370$17.08/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 1,960$16.52/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 2,050$15.20/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 2,090$14.52/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 2,250$16.17/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 2,660$15.59/hr6.5%
Northwest Balance of State 3,120$15.56/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 3,680$14.45/hr-1.3%
Southeast Minnesota 4,380$16.29/hr2.4%
Central Minnesota 4,510$16.96/hr2.9%
Northwest Minnesota 5,440$15.87/hr8.3%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 14,210$17.66/hr6.7%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 16,270$17.43/hrN/A
Minnesota 31,640$16.54/hr5.8%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Personal and Home Care Aides 75,830$12.78/hr33.6%
Home Health Aides 22,380$14.22/hr30.7%
Occupational Therapist Aides 50$16.36/hrN/A
Physical Therapist Aides 300$17.94/hr16.3%
Psychiatric Aides 480$22.79/hrN/A
Phlebotomists 1,600$18.70/hr26.2%

  • Remind patients to take medications or nutritional supplements.
  • Restock patient rooms with personal hygiene items, such as towels, washcloths, soap, or toilet paper.
  • Prepare or serve food trays.
  • Review patients' dietary restrictions, food allergies, and preferences to ensure patient receives appropriate diet.
  • Clean and sanitize patient rooms, bathrooms, examination rooms, or other patient areas.
  • Gather information from caregivers, nurses, or physicians about patient condition, treatment plans, or appropriate activities.
  • Observe or examine patients to detect symptoms that may require medical attention, such as bruises, open wounds, or blood in urine.
  • Answer patient call signals, signal lights, bells, or intercom systems to determine patients' needs.
  • Measure and record food and liquid intake or urinary and fecal output, reporting changes to medical or nursing staff.
  • Change bed linens or make beds.