Nursing Assistant Salaries

Median annual nursing assistant salaries were about $24,000 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned a nursing assistant salary of less than about $17,800, and the highest 10 percent earned more than about $34,600.  CNA salaries are included in these figures.


Nurse assistant salaries in the industries employing the largest numbers of nursing assistants in May 2010 were:
Industry Employment  Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage 
Nursing Care Facilities 627,370 37.59 $11.76 $24,460
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 384,100 7.40 $13.12 $27,290
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 168,720 22.27 $11.31 $23,530
Home Health Care Services 52,820 4.69 $11.40 $23,710
Employment Services 38,100 1.29 $12.48 $25,960

Nursing assistant pay in industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation in May 2010 were:

Industry Employment  Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage 
Nursing Care Facilities 627,370 37.59 $11.76 $24,460
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 168,720 22.27 $11.31 $23,530
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 18,920 8.58 $13.18 $27,410
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 384,100 7.40 $13.12 $27,290
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 31,000 5.42 $11.30 $23,500

Nursing assistant earnings in top paying industries in May 2010 were:

Industry Employment  Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Scientific Research and Development Services 300 0.05 $17.75 $36,910
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,300 0.60 $17.23 $35,850
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 5,190 0.18 $15.48 $32,200
Grantmaking and Giving Services 150 0.12 $14.18 $29,500
State Government (OES Designation) 17,170 0.76 $14.00 $29,130



Salaries of nursing assistants by state are shown below in a map from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:



Information on this page summarized from:


(
1) Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nursing-assistants.htm
(2)
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics,Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011, 31-1012 Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes311012.htm
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