Nurse Assistant Salary

Nurse Assistants in the United States pull down an average of $12.17 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The vast majority of Nurse Assistants (89 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by about one-half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$17,754 - $43,631
$18K
$26K
$44K
MEDIAN: $26,375
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$9.43 - $16.46
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MEDIAN: $12.17
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$17,754 - $43,631  
   
Bonus
$195.07 - $14,681  
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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$19,555 - $36,177  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 43
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.43 - $16.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.92  
Overtime
$11.77 - $25.22  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$195.07 - $14,681  
   
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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$19,555 - $36,177  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 516

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Nurse Assistant


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For Nurse Assistants, progressing to a Physician Assistant role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Physician Assistant can earn $84K annually. Typical career progression for a Nurse Assistant involves becoming a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Practical Nurse, roles that pay $30K more and $12K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Nurse Assistant


Survey results imply that Nurse Assistants deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Telemetry, Psychiatric, Emergency Room, and Intensive Care Unit are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Gynecology, Long Term Care, and Elder Care. Those proficient in Elder Care are, more often than not, also skilled in Acute Care and Medicine / Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Nurse Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Nurse Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Nurse Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 290 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Nurse Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 140 salaries. An experienced Nurse Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 138 salaries. A Nurse Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 61 salaries.

Nurse Assistant Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Nurse Assistant

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Nurse Assistant Salaries

▲17%

▲7%

▲4%

National Average
$26,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Nurse Assistant Salaries

▲15%

▲10%




▲6%

▲3%

▲2%

National Average
$26,000

Nursery
▼1%

▼3%

Long Term Care
▼5%

Gynecology
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 36%