Nurse Assistant Salary (United States)

A typical Nurse Assistant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $11.54 per hour. Compensation ranges from $8.89 per hour on the low end to $15.31 on the high end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. 42 percent of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and 42 percent claim dental coverage as well. Work is enjoyable for Nurse Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale 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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$0$15K$30K$45K
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$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  
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  
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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There are some Nurse Assistants—though it's uncommon—that transition into Physician Assistants, where earnings can rise by $57K annually. Nurse Assistants moving up in their career tend to step into positions as Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses, where paychecks increase by $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.
Though Nurse Assistants can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. Salaries increase to $25K from around $23K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $27K after 10 to 20 years. Salaries grow more slowly as Nurse Assistants approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $29K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fifth 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 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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National Average
$25,000
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Atlanta
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With a pay rate for Nurse Assistants that is 15 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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
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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%