Nurse Assistant Salary

Nurse Assistants in the United States take home an average $12.30 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The vast majority of Nurse Assistants (89 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While some workers in this profession — over a third — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and roughly one-half have dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$12,469 - $39,281
$12K
$27K
$39K
MEDIAN: $27,355
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$9.70 - $16.51
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MEDIAN: $12.30
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$0$39K
Salary $12,469 - $39,281
Bonus $194.71 - $14,795
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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$20,134 - $36,097
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 43
Hourly Data $0$25
Hourly Rate $9.70 - $16.51
Hourly Tips $0.92
Overtime $11.82 - $25.27
Annual Data $0$36K
Bonus $194.71 - $14,795
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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$20,134 - $36,097
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 515

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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Physician Assistant, where median compensation is $84K annually. Nurse Assistants most often move into positions as Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses; those groups report median salaries that are $30K higher and $12K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Nurse Assistant


Nurse Assistants seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Telemetry, Psychiatric, Emergency Room, and Intensive Care Unit are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Gynecology, Long Term Care, and Elder Care. Those educated in Elder Care tend to be well versed in Acute Care and Medicine / Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Nurse Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Nurse Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Nurse Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 290 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Nurse Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 140 salaries. An experienced Nurse Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 138 salaries. A Nurse Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 61 salaries.

Nurse Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Nurse Assistant?

Nurse Assistant in Hazel Crest:
Pros: Caring for my patients and working as a team.
Cons: Pay.

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
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 52 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Nurse Assistant Salaries

▲16%

▲6%

▲2%

National Average
$26,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Nurse Assistant Salaries

▲14%

▲8%



▲5%


▲2%

▲1%

National Average
$26,000

Nursery
▼2%

▼4%

Long Term Care
▼7%

Gynecology
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 35%
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