Nurse Aide, Orderly, or Attendant Salary (United States)

Salaries for Nurse Aides in the United States sit in the ballpark of $10.19 per hour. Compensation generally starts at $7.94 per hour and does not exceed $15.70. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, 40 percent are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by 40 percent. Men are solidly outnumbered in the field, with women representing 78 percent of workers. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Nurse Aide, Orderly, or Attendant Salary (?
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$17,290 - $40,476
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MEDIAN: $27,095
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Nurse Aide, Orderly, or Attendant Salary (?
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$7.94 - $15.70
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,290 - $40,476  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,003  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,878 - $34,117  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 37
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.94 - $15.70  
   
Overtime
$8.21 - $24.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,003  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,878 - $34,117  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 285
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Job Description for Nurse Aide, Orderly, or Attendant

  • Perform basic housekeeping tasks.
  • Assist with patient transport.
  • Assist patient with daily activities such as eating bathing and dressing.
  • Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff.

Common Career Paths for Nurse Aide, Orderly, or Attendant

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Though it's uncommon, some Nurse Aides move into roles as Emergency Room RNs, bringing in an extra $38K per year. More often, however, Nurse Aides go on to become Registered Nurse (RN)s or Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)s.

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Popular Skills for Nurse Aide, Orderly, or Attendant

Survey results show that Nurse Aides use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Medicine / Surgery, Geriatrics, and Hospice are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 15 percent, 10 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Elder Care. Most people familiar with Elder Care also know Hospice and Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Nurse Aide, Orderly, or Attendant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In most cases, Nurse Aides can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. Beginning workers can expect to earn $21K starting out, which grows to $25K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $25K. As Nurse Aides approach two decades on the job, pay accelerates at a slower pace, and typical earnings come to $26K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 18 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

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Experience Affects Nurse Aide, Orderly, or Attendant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%
Experienced
up arrow 15%
National Average
$22,000

Skills That Affect Nurse Aide, Orderly, or Attendant Salaries

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 15%
Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 10%
Geriatrics
up arrow 5%
Hospice
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National Average
$22,000
Acute Care
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
78%
female alumni
 
Male
22%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 56% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 40%
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