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How much does a Nursing Assistant make in the United States?

Average base salary
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109k salaries reported, updated at Jul 04, 2020
$14.44
per hour
The average salary for a nursing assistant is $14.44 per hour in the United States and $4,500 overtime per year.
Additional compensation
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Overtime
$4,500
per year
Most common benefits
  • Referral program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Paid sick time
  • Health insurance

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for nursing assistants

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earn +90.18% more

The jobs requiring this skill have increase by 13200.00% since 2018. Nursing Assistants with this skill earn +90.18% more than the average base salary, which is $14.44 per hour.

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More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Specialty categories:
Top specialty
Salary
Job openings
Companies
Nuclear Medicine
+90.18%
5 jobs
11Company icon
Surgery
+19.58%
527 jobs
1,930Company icon
Dialysis
+22.74%
49 jobs
214Company icon
Psychiatry
+12.69%
225 jobs
543Company icon
Medical-Surgical
+17.84%
418 jobs
1,768Company icon
Certification categories:
Top certification
Salary
Job openings
Companies
ACLS Certification
+77.00%
128Company icon
BLS Certification
+20.11%
9,726Company icon
AHA Certification
+15.97%
2,688Company icon
Certified Court Reporter
+42.16%
29Company icon
Home Care Aide Certification
+9.66%
120Company icon
Top skill
Salary
Job openings
Companies
Hospital Experience
+20.03%
661Company icon
Anatomy Knowledge
+56.09%
33Company icon
Acute Care
+15.91%
1,813Company icon
Nursing Experience
+12.86%
1,100Company icon
Phlebotomy
+29.16%
52Company icon
License categories:
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Companies
RN
+22.67%
1,120 jobs
3,520Company icon
Physician Assistant License
+20.31%
30 jobs
95Company icon
LVN
+13.35%
211 jobs
526Company icon
LPN
+11.52%
942 jobs
3,073Company icon
Medical License
+11.68%
5 jobs
6Company icon
Field of study categories:
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Nursing Degree
+15.06%
161 jobs
387Company icon

Most common benefits for Nursing Assistants

  • Referral program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Paid sick time
  • Health insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Mileage reimbursement

Salary satisfaction

Based on 5,287 ratings

35% of Nursing assistants in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area

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Frequently asked questions
Common questions about salaries for a Nursing Assistant

How can I know if I am being paid fairly as a certified nursing assistant (CNA)?

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Are certified nursing assistant (CNA) paid hourly or monthly?

Generally, certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are paid by the hour. Hourly rate varies depending on factors such as education, certifications, additional skills, and the number of years spent in the profession.

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Do certified nursing assistant (CNA) get paid overtime?

Yes, regardless of training and experience, certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are entitled to overtime pay. Overtime must be paid for all hours worked over 40 in one work week. Be aware that different states might have their own specific set of overtime laws.

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Do certified nursing assistant (CNA) get paid more in hospitals?

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