Nurse Assistant Salary (United States)

Salaries for Nurse Assistants in the United States lie in the neighborhood of $11.54 per hour. Pay starts at $8.89 per hour and can approach $15.31 on the higher side. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and 42 percent lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by 42 percent. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Nurse Assistants who claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Nurse Assistant Salary (?
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$16,173 - $43,570
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MEDIAN: $28,578
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Nurse Assistant Salary (?
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$8.89 - $15.31
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$16,173 - $43,570  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $950  
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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$18,540 - $34,432  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 94
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.89 - $15.31  
   
Overtime
$3.93 - $23.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $950  
   
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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$18,540 - $34,432  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 969
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Job Description for Nurse Assistant

Nurse assistants are actually the bulk of what people assume to be nurses in hospitals and related fields. Nurse assistants are vital to the medical industry: They spend more time with patients than any other medical professional. They also handle all of the other necessary jobs that doctors and registered nurses simply do not have the time for. Nurse assistants often find their job very fulfilling as they possess the ability to truly help people in need of medical attention and to have a direct impact on their health and care.
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Nurse Assistant Tasks
  • Position, feed, bathe, dress and assist patients with grooming and other tasks.
  • Observe patients' conditions, measure and record food and liquid intake and output and vital signs, and report changes to professional staff.
  • Assists with direct patient care under the supervision of the RN or other medical professionals.
  • Provide patients with help walking, exercising, and moving in and out of bed.

Common Career Paths for Nurse Assistant

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Though it's uncommon, some Nurse Assistants move into roles as Physician Assistants, bringing in an extra $57K per year. The most common next step for Nurse Assistants is moving into roles as Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses, where they can expect an extra $30K or $12,358 per year.

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Popular Skills for Nurse Assistant

Nurse Assistants report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Psychiatric, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Medicine / Surgery, and Acute Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 13 percent, 10 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Those educated in Elder Care tend to be well-versed in Acute Care and Medicine / Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Nurse Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Nurse Assistants, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. After five to 10 years, the typical starting salary of $23K climbs to $25K. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $27K. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and Nurse Assistants who have made it this far report earning around $29K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 20 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.

Pay Difference By Location

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$25,000
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For Nurse Assistants, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 15 percent greater than the national average. Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta.

Nurse Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as a Nurse Assistant?
Nurse Assistant in East London:
"Very Exciting And Challenging."
Pros: Good team work and taking care of my patients. Working under pressure when I know I can be fast and listening to orders while working. Working hand in hand with my senior staff members. Good management
Cons: People sometimes do things just to get it done and not focusing on what might happen after.

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Experience Affects Nurse Assistant Salaries

National Average
$25,000

Skills That Affect Nurse Assistant Salaries

Psychiatric
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Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
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Nursery
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Telemetry
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Emergency Room (ER)
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Geriatrics
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Hospice
0%
National Average
$25,000
Gynecology
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Elder Care
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
88%
female alumni
 
Male
12%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 56% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 42%
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