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Nurse Assistant Salary

Nurse Assistants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $11.42 per hour. Pay generally varies between $8.88 per hour and $15.39. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While some workers in this profession — just over two-fifths — do not have any health coverage, slightly more than half do receive medical benefits and approximately two in five have dental insurance. Nurse Assistants who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 86 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$16,207 - $43,323
(Median)
$16K
$30K
$43K
MEDIAN: $30,192
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$8.88 - $15.39
(Median)
$8
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$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$16,207 - $43,323  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $610  
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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$18,551 - $35,744  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 67
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.88 - $15.39  
   
Overtime
$3.79 - $24.82  
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.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $610  
   
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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$18,551 - $35,744  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 685

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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.

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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 $82K per year. 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.

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Popular Skills for Nurse Assistant


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Intensive Care Unit, Psychiatric, Emergency Room, and Acute Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Gynecology. Most people skilled in Elder Care are similarly competent 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. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $23K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $25K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Nurse Assistants make a median salary of $27K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $29K.

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
$24,000


Skills That Affect Nurse Assistant Salaries

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 14%

Psychiatric
up arrow 13%


Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 5%

Nursery
up arrow 5%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 4%

Telemetry
up arrow 3%

Geriatrics
up arrow 2%

National Average
$24,000

Hospice
up arrow 2%

Elder Care
up arrow 3%

Gynecology
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

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: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 43%
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