How Much Do Nursing Assistants Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Nursing Assistants

Nursing Assistants provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Perform duties such as feed, bathe, dress, groom, or move patients, or change linens. May transfer or transport patients. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$32050 per year
Hourly wage
$15 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$22,750 to $26,650 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$11 to $13 per hour

Entry-level Nursing Assistants with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $22,750 to $26,650 per year or $11 to $13 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Nursing Assistants to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $20 $42,110
Senior (Top 25%) $18 $36,990
Middle (Mid 50%) $15 $30,850
Junior (Bottom 25%) $13 $26,650
No experience (Bottom 10%) $11 $22,750

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
AK $20 $42,500
NY $20 $40,620
CA $19 $39,280
HI $19 $38,650
VI $18 $38,080
MA $18 $37,160
OR $18 $37,100
DC $18 $36,980
WA $17 $36,310
MN $17 $36,040

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Nursing Assistant is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like AK doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at AK might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Nursing Assistants are in the states of AK, NY, CA, HI and VI.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Junior Colleges $49250 $23.68
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $44870 $21.57
Federal Executive Branch $41210 $19.81
Scientific Research and Development Services $39630 $19.05
Outpatient Care Centers $38420 $18.47
Technical and Trade Schools $36970 $17.78
Religious Organizations $36620 $17.60
State Government $36290 $17.45
Insurance Carriers $35470 $17.05
Special Food Services $35370 $17.01
Health and Personal Care Stores $35320 $16.98
Facilities Support Services $34930 $16.80
Local Government $34360 $16.52
Specialty Hospitals $34240 $16.46
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories $33780 $16.24
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $33660 $16.18
Offices of Physicians $33580 $16.15
Management of Companies and Enterprises $32960 $15.85
Social Advocacy Organizations $32430 $15.59
Employment Services $32330 $15.54
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $32210 $15.49
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services $31660 $15.22
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $31120 $14.96
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) $31000 $14.90
Grantmaking and Giving Services $30880 $14.85
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly $30600 $14.71
Elementary and Secondary Schools $30480 $14.65
Food and Beverage Stores $30120 $14.48
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services $29880 $14.37
Home Health Care Services $29750 $14.30

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