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

Pay for Nurse Aides in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $10.19 per hour. Pay generally spreads from $7.94 per hour to $15.70. 40 percent of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and 40 percent claim dental coverage as well. Female Nurse Aides make up most of the field at 78 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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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  
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  
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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While not commonly found, Nurse Aides who move on to become Emergency Room RNs bring in an additional $38K annually. Moving from a Nurse Aide to Registered Nurse (RN) or Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) is a more common career path, however.

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Popular Skills for Nurse Aide, Orderly, or Attendant

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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. Those familiar with Elder Care also tend to 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.
For Nurse Aides, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. Starting out, salaries are typically $21K, which grows to $25K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $25K. Though salary increases are not as strong, pay continues to grow slightly for Nurse Aides after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $26K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five 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 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

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Experience Affects Nurse Aide, Orderly, or Attendant Salaries

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

Skills That Affect Nurse Aide, Orderly, or Attendant Salaries

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
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Medicine / Surgery
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Geriatrics
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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%