Nurse Assistant Salary

An average Nurse Assistant in the United States can expect to take home roughly $11.48 per hour. Compensation ranges from $8.98 per hour on the lower end to $15.42 on the higher end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of Nurse Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, slightly more than half have medical insurance and around two in five receive dental plans. Women account for the majority of Nurse Assistants who took the survey — 86 percent to be exact. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Read More
$16,249 - $42,476
(Median)
$16K
$30K
$42K
MEDIAN: $29,594
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$8.98 - $15.42
(Median)
$9
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$16,249 - $42,476  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $609  
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).
)
$18,766 - $35,623  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 68
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.98 - $15.42  
   
Overtime
$2.03 - $24.96  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $609  
   
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).
)
$18,766 - $35,623  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 655
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


For Nurse Assistants, progressing to a Physician Assistant role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Physician Assistant can earn $82K annually. Nurse Assistants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses. The median paychecks in those roles are $31K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

Nurse Assistant Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Skills for Nurse Assistant


Nurse Assistants seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Psychiatric, Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Room, and Telemetry are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Gynecology and Hospice. Those proficient in Elder Care are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


Nurse Assistants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $23K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $25K. Nurse Assistants see a median salary of $27K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Nurse Assistants with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $28K.

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.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Nurse Assistant Salaries




National Average
$25,000


Skills That Affect Nurse Assistant Salaries

Psychiatric
up arrow 14%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 12%



Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 4%

Nursery
up arrow 4%

Geriatrics
up arrow 3%

Acute Care
up arrow 3%

National Average
$25,000

Elder Care
up arrow 3%

Hospice
up arrow 4%

Gynecology
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 55% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 43%
ADVERTISEMENT