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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

31-1131 Nursing Assistants

Provide or assist with basic care or support under the direction of onsite licensed nursing staff. Perform duties such as monitoring of health status, feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, or ambulation of patients in a health or nursing facility. May include medication administration and other health-related tasks. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants. Excludes "Home Health Aides" (31-1121), "Personal Care Aides" (31-1122), "Orderlies" (31-1132), and "Psychiatric Aides" (31-1133).


National estimates for Nursing Assistants
Industry profile for Nursing Assistants
Geographic profile for Nursing Assistants

National estimates for Nursing Assistants:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Nursing Assistants:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,371,050 0.6 % $ 15.41 $ 32,050 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Nursing Assistants:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.94 $ 12.81 $ 14.83 $ 17.78 $ 20.25
Annual Wage (2) $ 22,750 $ 26,650 $ 30,850 $ 36,990 $ 42,110


Industry profile for Nursing Assistants:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Nursing Assistants are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Nursing Assistants, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Nursing Assistants:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 527,480 34.38 $ 14.90 $ 31,000
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 374,770 6.70 $ 16.18 $ 33,660
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 151,540 16.10 $ 14.71 $ 30,600
Home Health Care Services 77,300 5.17 $ 14.30 $ 29,750
Individual and Family Services 40,850 1.60 $ 14.21 $ 29,550

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Nursing Assistants:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 527,480 34.38 $ 14.90 $ 31,000
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 151,540 16.10 $ 14.71 $ 30,600
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 26,260 9.83 $ 16.46 $ 34,240
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 374,770 6.70 $ 16.18 $ 33,660
Home Health Care Services 77,300 5.17 $ 14.30 $ 29,750

Top paying industries for Nursing Assistants:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Junior Colleges 120 0.02 $ 23.68 $ 49,250
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 5,560 0.18 $ 21.57 $ 44,870
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 15,790 0.76 $ 19.81 $ 41,210
Scientific Research and Development Services 670 0.09 $ 19.05 $ 39,630
Outpatient Care Centers 12,940 1.35 $ 18.47 $ 38,420


Geographic profile for Nursing Assistants:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Nursing Assistants are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Nursing Assistants, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Nursing Assistants:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 97,970 5.96 0.60 $ 18.89 $ 39,280
Florida 84,520 10.01 1.02 $ 13.78 $ 28,660
New York 81,440 9.37 0.95 $ 19.53 $ 40,620
Texas 75,690 6.25 0.63 $ 13.97 $ 29,050
Pennsylvania 71,880 13.04 1.32 $ 15.65 $ 32,560




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Nursing Assistants:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 9,110 20.57 2.09 $ 16.48 $ 34,280
North Dakota 7,930 19.82 2.01 $ 17.07 $ 35,510
Kansas 21,790 16.36 1.66 $ 13.71 $ 28,510
Maine 9,140 15.88 1.61 $ 15.71 $ 32,670
Arkansas 18,560 15.76 1.60 $ 12.76 $ 26,550




Top paying states for Nursing Assistants:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,800 6.08 0.62 $ 20.43 $ 42,500
New York 81,440 9.37 0.95 $ 19.53 $ 40,620
California 97,970 5.96 0.60 $ 18.89 $ 39,280
Hawaii 4,050 7.06 0.72 $ 18.58 $ 38,650
Massachusetts 40,550 12.10 1.23 $ 17.86 $ 37,160





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Nursing Assistants:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 84,340 9.55 0.97 $ 19.48 $ 40,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 39,590 6.80 0.69 $ 18.28 $ 38,030
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 37,030 8.49 0.86 $ 15.55 $ 32,330
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 34,740 12.88 1.31 $ 15.82 $ 32,910
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 27,350 10.51 1.07 $ 18.34 $ 38,150
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 25,480 8.43 0.86 $ 16.19 $ 33,680
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 21,540 8.59 0.87 $ 13.66 $ 28,410
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 20,910 11.75 1.19 $ 15.48 $ 32,190
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 19,850 5.53 0.56 $ 14.89 $ 30,970
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 19,630 10.04 1.02 $ 18.20 $ 37,860




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Nursing Assistants:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bismarck, ND 1,910 28.07 2.85 $ 17.12 $ 35,600
Walla Walla, WA 640 25.81 2.62 $ 15.88 $ 33,030
Homosassa Springs, FL 730 24.23 2.46 $ 13.21 $ 27,470
Kankakee, IL 980 23.17 2.35 $ 15.46 $ 32,170
Rochester, MN 2,660 23.12 2.35 $ 17.06 $ 35,480
Grand Forks, ND-MN 1,030 22.08 2.24 $ 16.85 $ 35,060
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 1,010 21.46 2.18 $ 16.04 $ 33,350
Pittsfield, MA 770 21.25 2.16 $ 18.68 $ 38,850
New Bern, NC 870 20.94 2.12 $ 11.50 $ 23,920
Pine Bluff, AR 580 20.77 2.11 $ 12.27 $ 25,520