Nurse Assistant Salary

Nurse Assistants in the United States pull down an average of $11.50 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.96 per hour to $15.36. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, slightly more than half report medical coverage and close to two-fifths claim dental coverage as well. Most Nurse Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (86 percent) of Nurse Assistants who took the survey are female. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$16,249 - $43,234
(Median)
$16K
$30K
$43K
MEDIAN: $29,801
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$8.96 - $15.36
(Median)
$9
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$16,249 - $43,234  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $615  
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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$18,726 - $35,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 68
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.96 - $15.36  
   
Overtime
$2.14 - $24.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $615  
   
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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$18,726 - $35,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 657
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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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As Nurse Assistants transition into upper-level roles such as Physician Assistant, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Physician Assistants earn $82K on average 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 require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Psychiatric, Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Room, and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Gynecology and Hospice. Most people familiar with Elder Care also 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Nurse Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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. Nurse Assistants see a median salary of $27K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $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 13%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 11%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 8%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 4%

Telemetry
up arrow 4%

Nursery
up arrow 4%

Geriatrics
up arrow 3%

Acute Care
up arrow 3%

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 97 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 54% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 44%
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