SOC: 31-1015.00


Transport patients to areas such as operating rooms or x-ray rooms using wheelchairs, stretchers, or moveable beds. May maintain stocks of supplies or clean and transport equipment.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
53,000 employed

Projected (2024):
58,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Attendant
  • Cart Attendant
  • Clinical Support Associate
  • Emergency Room Orderly
  • Health Service Worker
  • Hospice Entrance Attendant
  • Hospital Corpsman
  • Hospital Orderly
  • Infirmary Attendant
  • Institutional Aide
  • Medical Orderly
  • New Patient Escort
  • Operating Room Aide
  • Operating Room Orderly
  • Orderly
  • Patient Care Assistant (PCA)
  • Patient Care Associate
  • Patient Care Technician (PCT)
  • Patient Escort
  • Patient Sitter
  • Patient Transport Orderly
  • Patient Transporter
  • Psychiatric Orderly
  • Radiology Orderly
  • Resident Assistant
  • Security Orderly
  • Surgical Aide
  • Surgical Orderly
  • Transportation Aide
  • Transporter
  • Ward Aide
  • Ward Assistant
  • Ward Attendant
  • Ward Helper

  • Tasks:

  • Answer patient call signals, signal lights, bells, or intercom systems to determine patients' needs.
  • Carry messages or documents between departments.
  • Change soiled linens, such as bed linens, drapes, or cubicle curtains.
  • Clean and sanitize patient rooms, bathrooms, examination rooms, or other patient areas.
  • Clean equipment, such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, or portable medical equipment, documenting needed repairs or maintenance.
  • Collect and transport infectious or hazardous waste in closed containers for sterilization or disposal, in accordance with applicable law, standards, or policies.
  • Collect soiled linen or trash.
  • Disinfect or sterilize equipment or supplies, using germicides or sterilizing equipment.
  • Lift or assist others to lift patients to move them on or off beds, examination tables, surgical tables, or stretchers.
  • Position or hold patients in position for surgical preparation.
  • Respond to emergency situations, such as emergency medical calls, security calls, or fire alarms.
  • Restrain patients to prevent violence or injury or to assist physicians or nurses to administer treatments.
  • Serve or collect food trays.
  • Stock or issue medical supplies, such as dressing packs or treatment trays.
  • Stock utility rooms, nonmedical storage rooms, or cleaning carts with supplies.
  • Supply, collect, or empty bedpans.
  • Transport bodies to the morgue.
  • Transport patients to treatment units, testing units, operating rooms, or other areas using wheelchairs, stretchers, or moveable beds.
  • Transport portable medical equipment or medical supplies between rooms or departments.
  • Transport specimens, laboratory items, or pharmacy items, ensuring proper documentation and delivery to authorized personnel.
  • Turn or reposition bedridden patients, alone or with assistance, to prevent bedsores.
  • Provide physical support to patients to assist them to perform daily living activities, such as getting out of bed, bathing, dressing, using the toilet, standing, walking, or exercising.
  • Separate collected materials for disposal, recycling, or reuse, in accordance with environmental policies.
  • Take and record vital signs, such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse rate, or respiration rate, as directed by medical or nursing staff.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable hospital beds
  • Automated blood pressure cuffs
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Desktop computers
  • Electronic patient thermometers
  • Hydraulic patient lifts
  • Laptop computers
  • Manual blood pressure equipment
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Medical examination protective gloves
  • Medical gurneys
  • Medical scales
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Oxygen tanks
  • Oxygen tents
  • Oxygen therapy equipment
  • Patient bed scales
  • Patient limb restraints
  • Patient transfer boards
  • Patient transport wheelchairs
  • Personal computers
  • Portable x ray machines
  • Protective patient restraints
  • Safety razors
  • Shower chairs
  • Specimen collection containers
  • Therapeutic cold packs
  • Therapeutic hot packs
  • Electronic medical record EMR software
  • GE Healthcare Centricity EMR
  • Medical record charting software
  • Microsoft Windows

  • healthcare support

    industry stats

    SOC: 31-0000

    Total Employed: 3,989,910

    Average Annual Salary: $29,520