Income and benefits
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for nursing assistants was $29,660 in 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,960 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $40,620.
The top paying industry was the government, where the median annual salary was $35,500. This is followed by hospitals, where the median annual salary was $31,120. Next was nursing care facilities($28,910), home healthcare services ($28,600) and then continuing care retirement communities and assisted living facilities for the elderly ($28,590).
Autonomy and Flexibility
The level of autonomy and flexibility for a nursing assistants is neither particularly high nor low. Nursing assistants get to make some decisions over their patients care, but ultimately the patient will make the final decision. They also have to report back to their supervisors, further limiting their autonomy. They will also have some flexibility over how they plan their day , but as a whole they will have a schedule to stick to.
Locations and commute
According to Zippia, the best states to be a nursing assistant, based on salary and total number of jobs available, were:
- New Hampshire, where the average annual salary is $35,183
- Maine, where the average annual salary is $33,694
- Alaska, where the average annual salary is $41,589
- Oregon, where the average annual salary is $39,368
- Vermont, where the average annual salary is $33,801
The worst states for nursing assistants are Mississippi, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana.
37% of nursing assistants in the United States were employed by nursing care facilities. 27% were employed by hospitals, 11% by continuing care retirement communities, 5% by home healthcare services and finally, 4% by the government.
Nursing assistants can work in a variety of settings. However, regardless of the setting, the work of a nursing assistant can be strenuous. They will spend a lot of time on their feet and may have to list or move patients, which if not done correctly can lead to injuries.