Nurse Aide, Orderly, or Attendant Salary

For Nurse Aide, Orderly, or Attendants, hourly average wages total $10.15 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.05 per hour to $15.42. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than two-fifths lack any form of coverage — but over one-half have medical insurance, and just over two-fifths have dental, too. Most Nurse Aide, Orderly, or Attendants report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$12,080 - $34,329
(Median)
$12K
$27K
$34K
MEDIAN: $26,962
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$8.05 - $15.42
(Median)
$8
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$12,080 - $34,329  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $520  
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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$16,677 - $33,225  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.05 - $15.42  
   
Overtime
$7.43 - $21.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $520  
   
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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$16,677 - $33,225  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 261
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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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At the upper end, Nurse Aide, Orderly, or Attendants who move into a Physician Assistant role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Physician Assistants is a much higher $82K per year. The most common next step for a Nurse Aide is to become a Registered Nurse or a Certified Nurse Assistant. The former position pays an additional $34K per year on average, and the latter position pays $1K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Nurse Aide, Orderly, or Attendant


Nurse Aide, Orderly, or Attendants report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Intensive Care Unit can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 25 percent above average. Medicine / Surgery and Geriatrics are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 4 percent and 25 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Elder Care. Skill sets containing Geriatrics also tend to include Acute Care. Most people skilled in Elder Care are similarly competent in 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $21K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $25K. Nurse Aide, Orderly, or Attendants bring in $25K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $22K.

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Experience Affects Nurse Aide, Orderly, or Attendant Salaries




National Average
$22,000


Skills That Affect Nurse Aide, Orderly, or Attendant Salaries

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 25%

Geriatrics
up arrow 4%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 4%

Hospice
up arrow 1%

National Average
$22,000

Acute Care
up arrow 2%

Elder Care
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 54% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 42%
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