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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 3,360196$20.22/hr$16.14/hr$17.45/hr$18.92/hr$20.59/hr$23.12/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business Services750$22.59/hr
Education and Health Services23,320$19.34/hr
Other Services50$18.96/hr
Public Administration740$19.33/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State 450$18.37/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 600$18.33/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 940$18.43/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 970$19.70/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 1,090$19.15/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 1,360$18.57/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 1,710$18.27/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 1,780$18.24/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 1,880$18.17/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 1,890$18.28/hr4.8%
Southwest Minnesota 2,240$18.34/hr0.4%
Northwest Balance of State 2,340$18.25/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 2,430$18.76/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 2,430$18.41/hr4.3%
Northwest Minnesota 2,770$18.25/hr3.5%
Central Minnesota 3,360$18.92/hr2.7%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 12,020$20.84/hr4.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 13,820$20.73/hrN/A
Minnesota 24,860$19.44/hr3.6%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Physical Therapist Aides 110$19.10/hr11.8%
Animal Caretakers 3,940$15.32/hr23.9%
Occupational Therapy Aides N/AN/A2.7%

  • 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.