The average hourly pay for a Nursing Assistant is $13.87.
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What Do Nursing Assistants Do?
Nursing assistants help nurses and other healthcare staff in attending to patients’ care needs in a variety of settings – nursing homes, hospitals, and hospices among them. They usually work under the supervision of a registered nurse, and may work on a part-time, as-needed, or full-time basis.
Generally speaking, nursing assistants work indoors, though in some settings, such as nursing homes, duties may include such tasks as pushing residents’ wheelchairs outside or in an enclosed courtyard se…Read more
Nursing 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.
Job Satisfaction for Nursing Assistant
Popular Employer Salaries for Nursing Assistant
The top respondents for the job title Nursing Assistant are from the companies St. Luke's Hospital, Department of Veteran's Affairs and Beaumont Health. Reported salaries are highest at Allina Hospitals and Clinics where the average pay is $19.30. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Veterans Affairs Hospital and Department of Veteran's Affairs, earning around $18.05 and $17.91, respectively. Beaumont Health pays the lowest at around $14.41. Select Medical Corporation and Fairview Hospital also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $14.98 and $16.52, respectively.
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Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
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What Are Popular Skills for Nursing Assistants?
Skills in Acute Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Assisted Living, Rehabilitation, Elder Care and Long Term Care.
What is the Pay by Experience Level for Nursing Assistants?
An entry-level Nursing Assistant with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $12.49 based on 107 salaries. An early career Nursing Assistant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $13.14 based on 653 salaries. A mid-career Nursing Assistant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $14.17 based on 454 salaries. An experienced Nursing Assistant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $14.41 based on 602 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $15.
Pay Difference by Location
Employees with Nursing Assistant in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 27.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Minneapolis, Minnesota (23.0% more) and Boston, Massachusetts (13.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Cleveland, Ohio (4.2% less) and Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2.7% less).
Years of Experience
This data is based on 2,191 survey responses.