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Nurse Assistant Salary

Average Nurse Assistants in the United States make around $11.49 per hour. Pay generally varies between $8.90 per hour and $15.27. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The vast majority of Nurse Assistants (87 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Some workers in this field — just over two-fifths — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a little over a half and dental plans are enjoyed by more than two-fifths. Job satisfaction for Nurse Assistants is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$16,241 - $43,490
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MEDIAN: $28,958
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$8.90 - $15.27
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$16,241 - $43,490  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $690  
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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$18,581 - $34,892  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.90 - $15.27  
   
Overtime
$1.90 - $23.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $690  
   
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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$18,581 - $34,892  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 842
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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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At the upper end, Nurse Assistants who move into a Physician Assistant role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Physician Assistants is $82K per year. Career advancement for the typical Nurse Assistant often leads to becoming a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Practical Nurse; median salaries in these positions are $30K higher and $12K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Nurse Assistant


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Psychiatric, Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Room, and Nursery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. 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 many Nurse Assistants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $23K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $25K. Nurse Assistants see a median salary of $27K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Nurse Assistants who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits 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.

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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%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 5%

Acute Care
up arrow 4%

Nursery
up arrow 4%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 3%

Telemetry
up arrow 3%

Geriatrics
up arrow 1%

Hospice
0%

National Average
$25,000

Elder Care
up arrow 2%

Gynecology
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 55% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 43%