The average Nurse Assistant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $12.21 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Although a majority have medical coverage and half have dental coverage, over a third claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Nurse Assistants. Female Nurse Assistants far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,797 - $41,500
$18K
$27K
$42K
MEDIAN: $26,910
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$9.48 - $16.62
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MEDIAN: $12.21
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,797 - $41,500  
   
Bonus
$195.07 - $14,681  
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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$19,666 - $36,414  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 44
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.48 - $16.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.92  
Overtime
$11.77 - $25.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$195.07 - $14,681  
   
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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$19,666 - $36,414  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 524

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Nurse Assistant


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Nurse Assistants' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Physician Assistant. The average Physician Assistant brings home $84K per year. The most common next step for a Nurse Assistant is to become a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Practical Nurse. The former position pays an additional $30K per year on average, and the latter position pays $12K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Nurse Assistant


Survey takers working as Nurse Assistants report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Telemetry, Psychiatric, Intensive Care Unit, and Emergency Room are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Gynecology, Long Term Care, and Elder Care. Most people familiar with Elder Care also know 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.


Nurse Assistants with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $24K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $27K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Nurse Assistants make a median salary of $28K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Nurse Assistant with more than 20 years of experience can earn $30K on average.

Nurse Assistant Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Nurse Assistant

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.
037
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Nurse Assistant Salaries




National Average
$26,000


Skills That Affect Nurse Assistant Salaries

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National Average
$26,000

Nursery
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Long Term Care
up arrow 7%

Gynecology
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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