Average Nursing Assistant Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Nursing Assistant is $13.06.
MEDIAN $13.06
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Hourly Rate
$10 - $17
$18 - $2,027
Profit Sharing
$0 - $13
Total Pay
$21,040 - $37,537

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Job Description for Nursing Assistant

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.
The top respondents for the job title Nursing Assistant are from the companies Allina Hospitals and Clinics, Fairview Hospital and St. Luke's Hospital. Reported salaries are highest at Allina Hospitals and Clinics where the average pay is $19.02. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Veterans Affairs Hospital and St. Luke's Hospital, earning around $18.39 and $17.59, respectively. Select Medical Corporation pays the lowest at around $14.34. Lahey Clinic and Fairview Hospital also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $15.10 and $16.12, respectively.

Career Paths

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Nursing Assistant
Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)
Registered Nurse (RN)
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Nursing Assistant

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.

Pay by Experience Level for Nursing Assistant

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 $11.86 based on 136 salaries. An early career Nursing Assistant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $12.37 based on 900 salaries. A mid-career Nursing Assistant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $13.32 based on 584 salaries. An experienced Nursing Assistant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $13.67 based on 750 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $14.
Employees with Nursing Assistant in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 28.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Minneapolis, Minnesota (21.5% more) and Boston, Massachusetts (16.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (1.7% less) and Cleveland, Ohio (0.2% less).

Years of Experience

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