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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Nursing Assistant Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20,680
25th Percentile Wage
$23,330
50th Percentile Wage
$27,520
75th Percentile Wage
$32,220
90th Percentile Wage
$38,630

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 $38,630. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $27,520. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,680. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 86% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of nursing assistants from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$27,520
3.38% 11.26%
2016
$26,590
3.31% -
2015
$25,710
2.37% -
2014
$25,100
0.84% -
2013
$24,890
1.89% -
2012
$24,420
- -

Table 2. Nursing Assistant Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of nursing assistants in 11 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 $33,770. The lowest paying sector is the wholesale trade sector (annual salary $25,240).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$33,770
Federal, State, and Local Government
$32,860
Finance and Insurance
$31,600
Educational Services
$30,270
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$28,500
Retail Trade
$28,390
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$28,230
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$28,020
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$27,320
Health Care and Social Assistance
$27,310
Wholesale Trade
$25,240

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 $18,550 to $37,200. The highest paying state for nursing assistants is Alaska with a median annual salary of $37,200. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,550. For more salary information of nursing assistants profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$37,200
New York
$35,110
District of Columbia
$33,300
Nevada
$32,940
North Dakota
$32,740
Hawaii
$32,580
Minnesota
$31,980
Connecticut
$31,930
Oregon
$31,310
Colorado
$31,090
Massachusetts
$31,020
California
$30,870
New Hampshire
$30,280
Maryland
$29,630
Arizona
$29,600
Rhode Island
$29,410
Pennsylvania
$29,400
Washington
$29,330
Wyoming
$29,160
Delaware
$29,130
Vermont
$28,930
Michigan
$28,930
New Jersey
$28,560
Wisconsin
$28,370
Iowa
$27,690
Virgin Islands
$27,650
Guam
$27,470
Nebraska
$27,040
Maine
$26,830
Virginia
$26,590
Illinois
$26,520
Montana
$26,350
New Mexico
$26,160
Ohio
$26,080
Idaho
$25,770
Utah
$25,560
Indiana
$25,400
Kentucky
$25,140
Florida
$25,110
South Dakota
$24,940
Texas
$24,880
West Virginia
$24,800
Kansas
$24,560
Tennessee
$24,420
North Carolina
$24,280
Missouri
$24,030
Georgia
$23,850
Oklahoma
$23,790
South Carolina
$23,730
Arkansas
$23,320
Alabama
$22,550
Mississippi
$21,850
Louisiana
$21,180
Puerto Rico
$18,550



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