Nurse Assistants in the United States can expect wages of $12.08 per hour on average. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up the vast majority of Nurse Assistants (86 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. While more than a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and approximately half have dental, as well. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$15,456 - $38,310
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$38K
MEDIAN: $25,799
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$9.33 - $16.61
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$15,456 - $38,310  
   
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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$19,303 - $36,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 43
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.33 - $16.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.92  
Overtime
$11.84 - $24.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$19,303 - $36,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 517
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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.

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Nurse Assistants' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Physician Assistant. The average Physician Assistant brings home $84K per year. Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses are common next-step roles for Nurse Assistants moving up in their careers; annual pay for Registered Nurses is $30K higher on average, and it's $12K higher for Licensed Practical Nurses.

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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 Telemetry, Intensive Care Unit, Psychiatric, and Emergency Room are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Gynecology, Long Term Care, and Elder Care. Most people skilled in Elder Care are similarly competent in 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $24K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $27K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $28K in this role. Nurse Assistants who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $30K.

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
$26,000


Skills That Affect Nurse Assistant Salaries

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Geriatrics
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Nursery
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National Average
$26,000

Elder Care
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Long Term Care
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Gynecology
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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