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Nursing assistant salary in United States

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

Average base salary

Average $19.82
Low $13.99
High $28.08
$4,500per year
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a nursing assistant is $19.82 per hour in the United States and $4,500 overtime per year.366k salaries reported, updated at December 2, 2023

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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Less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
More than 10 years
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Top companies for Nursing Assistants in United States

  1. Avamere Living
    690 reviews454 salaries reported
    $22.72per hour
  2. $22.67per hour
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Highest paying cities for Nursing Assistants near United States

  1. Philadelphia, PA
    $20.74 per hour
    1.3k salaries reported
  2. Colorado Springs, CO
    $20.02 per hour
    570 salaries reported
  3. Chicago, IL
    $19.34 per hour
    1.3k salaries reported
  1. Omaha, NE
    $18.88 per hour
    649 salaries reported
  2. Richmond, VA
    $18.51 per hour
    558 salaries reported
  3. Las Vegas, NV
    $17.28 per hour
    911 salaries reported
  1. San Antonio, TX
    $15.76 per hour
    1.2k salaries reported
  2. Atlanta, GA
    $15.35 per hour
    1.2k salaries reported
  3. Wichita, KS
    $15.22 per hour
    497 salaries reported
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Where can a Nursing Assistant earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Nursing Assistants

Most recommended certification

ACLS Certification

(earn +77.00% more)

The jobs requiring this certification have increase by 13200.00% since 2018. Nursing Assistants with this certification earn +77.00% more than the average base salary, which is $19.82 per hour.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this certificationChange from previous year
20161increase by 1
20172increase by 100.00%
201811increase by 450.00%
20191463increase by 13200.00%

Top companies hiring Nursing Assistants with the recommended certification

US Military Treatment Facilities under DHA
Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute
Medical University of South Carolina
The State of New Hampshire
Potomac Falls Health & Rehab
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Top schools offering ACLS Certification

Code One CPR Training

40 reviews

LA ACLS Card (An LA Fire Card Company)

Top specialties
Nuclear Medicine
Top skills
Hospital Experience
Top licenses

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top SpecialtiesSalaryJob openingsCompanies
5 jobs11
527 jobs1,930
49 jobs214
225 jobs543
418 jobs1,768
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Most common benefits for Nursing Assistants

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • 403(b)
  • 403(b) matching
  • AD&D insurance
  • Continuing education credits
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Free parking
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid orientation
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid time off
  • Paid training
  • Pet insurance
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Safety equipment provided
  • Travel reimbursement
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
  • Wellness program
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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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Common questions about salaries for a Nursing Assistant

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

If you’re unsure about what salary is appropriate for a certified nursing assistant (CNA), visit Indeed's Salary Calculator to get a free, personalized pay range based on your location, industry and experience.

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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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