Nurse Assistant Salary

Median pay for Nurse Assistants in the United States is around $11.51 per hour. Compensation ranges between $8.98 per hour and $15.38. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although just over a half have medical coverage and around two in five have dental coverage, more than two-fifths claim no health benefits at all. Women make up the vast majority of Nurse Assistants (86 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$16,291 - $43,660

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$8.98 - $15.38

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$16,291 - $43,660  
   
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).
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$18,764 - $35,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 69
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.98 - $15.38  
   
Overtime
$2.30 - $25.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$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).
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$18,764 - $35,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 655
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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 $30K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Nurse Assistant


Nurse Assistants seem to wield many skills on the job. 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 pay less than market rate include Gynecology and Hospice. Those familiar with Elder Care also tend to know 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 Nurse Assistants, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $23K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $25K. 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 $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 13%



Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 4%

Nursery
up arrow 4%

Acute Care
up arrow 3%

Geriatrics
up arrow 2%

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 96 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 55% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 43%
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