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Nurse Assistant Salary

Nurse Assistants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $11.47 per hour. Pay generally varies between $8.93 per hour and $15.31. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Nurse Assistants who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 87 percent. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a little over a half and dental coverage is claimed by about two-fifths. Work is enjoyable for Nurse Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$15,898 - $43,647
(Median)
$16K
$30K
$44K
MEDIAN: $29,984
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$8.93 - $15.31
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$15,898 - $43,647  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $620  
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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$18,626 - $35,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 73
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.93 - $15.31  
   
Overtime
$2.30 - $23.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $620  
   
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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$18,626 - $35,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 728

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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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Nurse Assistants who go on to become Physician Assistants may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Physician Assistants is $82K annually. Nurse Assistants typically move into roles as Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses, and those positions pay $30K more and $13K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Nurse Assistant


Nurse Assistants seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Intensive Care Unit, Psychiatric, Acute Care, and Nursery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Gynecology. For most people, competency in Elder Care indicates knowledge of 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 many Nurse Assistants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $23K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $25K. For Nurse Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $27K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $29K on average.

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

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 14%

Psychiatric
up arrow 13%


Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 4%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 4%

Nursery
up arrow 4%

Telemetry
up arrow 3%

Geriatrics
up arrow 2%

National Average
$25,000

Hospice
up arrow 1%

Elder Care
up arrow 2%

Gynecology
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 55% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 43%