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Nursing Assistant Salary Information

The salary statistics of nursing assistants are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of nursing assistants within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The nursing assistants annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Nursing Assistant Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20,040
25th Percentile Wage
$22,470
50th Percentile Wage
$26,590
75th Percentile Wage
$31,370
90th Percentile Wage
$37,900

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for nursing assistants. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) nursing assistants is $37,900. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $26,590. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,040. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 89% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of nursing assistants from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201626,5903.31%8.16%
201525,7102.37%-
201425,1000.84%-
201324,8901.89%-
201224,420--

Table 2. Nursing Assistant Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of nursing assistants in 10 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for nursing assistants occupations is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $32,460. The lowest paying sector is the wholesale trade sector (annual salary $26,100).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$32,460
Federal, State, and Local Government
$31,990
Finance and Insurance
$29,980
Educational Services
$29,700
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$28,130
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$27,830
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$27,320
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$26,990
Health Care and Social Assistance
$26,310
Wholesale Trade
$26,100

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Nursing Assistants by States

From the above tables we note that not only nursing assistants salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of nursing assistants in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,590 to $37,030. The highest paying state for nursing assistants is Alaska with a median annual salary of $37,030. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,590. For more salary information of nursing assistants profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$37,030
New York
$34,640
District of Columbia
$33,020
Nevada
$32,080
Hawaii
$31,370
North Dakota
$31,100
Connecticut
$30,870
Oregon
$30,770
California
$30,280
Minnesota
$29,900
Massachusetts
$29,770
New Hampshire
$29,610
Colorado
$29,510
Washington
$29,240
Arizona
$28,970
Maryland
$28,940
Pennsylvania
$28,680
Delaware
$28,630
Rhode Island
$28,630
Michigan
$28,520
Wyoming
$28,360
New Jersey
$28,320
Vermont
$28,150
Wisconsin
$27,500
Virgin Islands
$27,140
New Mexico
$26,520
Iowa
$26,420
Maine
$25,840
Virginia
$25,450
Illinois
$25,420
Nebraska
$25,400
Montana
$25,070
Ohio
$24,880
Idaho
$24,820
Florida
$24,460
Kentucky
$24,350
Utah
$24,300
Indiana
$24,230
West Virginia
$24,120
Texas
$23,940
South Dakota
$23,860
Kansas
$23,850
Missouri
$23,650
Oklahoma
$23,370
Tennessee
$23,340
South Carolina
$23,290
North Carolina
$23,230
Georgia
$22,760
Arkansas
$22,310
Alabama
$22,030
Louisiana
$20,760
Mississippi
$20,730
Puerto Rico
$18,590


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