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Nurse Assistant Salary (United States)

Nurse Assistants in the United States typically take home $11.54 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Just over two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and more than two-fifths claim dental coverage as well. Nurse Assistants are largely women, dominating the profession at 88 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by 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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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
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$16,173 - $43,570  
   
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$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  
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$0$16K$32K$48K
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$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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Though some Nurse Assistants move into positions like Physician Assistant (where the average salary is $81K), this progression is not the norm. The most common next step for a Nurse Assistant is to become a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Practical Nurse. The former position pays an additional $30K per year on average, and the latter position pays $12K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Nurse Assistant

Nurse Assistants report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Psychiatric, Intensive Care Unit , 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 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $25K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $23K. On average, Nurse Assistants make $27K following one to two decades on the job. 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. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, more than half land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise approximately one-tenth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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$25,000
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Atlanta
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Home to some of the best pay for Nurse Assistants, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 15 percent above the national average. Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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
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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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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%