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Nurse Assistant Salary (United States)

A Nurse Assistant earns an average wage of $11.54 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. A skill in Psychiatric is associated with high pay for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Nurse Assistant Salary (?
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$16,173 - $43,570
(Median)
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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
Salary
$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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Pay by Experience Level for Nurse Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
up arrow 15%
National Average
$25,000
Tulsa
up arrow 5%
Atlanta
up arrow 13%
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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 13%
Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 10%
Nursery
up arrow 4%
Telemetry
up arrow 3%
Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 3%
Geriatrics
up arrow 1%
Hospice
0%
National Average
$25,000
Gynecology
up arrow 1%
Elder Care
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
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%