Nurse Assistant Salary

Nurse Assistants in the United States take home approximately $11.64 per hour on average. Compensation ranges between $9.09 per hour and $15.32. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. There are far more female Nurse Assistants who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 86 percent. While just over two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and more than two-fifths have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,960 - $43,741
(Median)
$18K
$27K
$44K
MEDIAN: $26,909
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$9.09 - $15.32
(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
$17,960 - $43,741  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $600  
Profit Sharing
$250.00  
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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$18,981 - $35,540  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.09 - $15.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.92  
Overtime
$3.86 - $21.93  
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$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $600  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00  
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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$18,981 - $35,540  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 641
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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 transition into a Physician Assistant role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $83K per year. 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 $31K per year on average, and the latter position pays $13K 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, Telemetry, and Nursery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Gynecology. Most people who know 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.


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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $24K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $25K. On average, Nurse Assistants make $27K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $28K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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



Telemetry
up arrow 4%

Nursery
up arrow 3%

Geriatrics
up arrow 2%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 2%

Acute Care
up arrow 1%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 1%

National Average
$25,000

Hospice
up arrow 1%

Elder Care
up arrow 3%

Gynecology
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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