Occupation Snapshot | Nursing assistants, 2015-2019 | January 2021
Nursing assistants provide or assist with basic care or support under the direction of onsite licensed nursing staff. They perform duties such as monitoring of health status, feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, or ambulation of patients in a health or nursing facility. Nursing assistants’ duties may include medication administration and other health-related tasks.
As of May 2019, there were 1,419,920 people employed in this occupation. The average hourly wage was $14.77 and the average annual wage was $30,720.
Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses
In private industry for this occupation, there were 27,590 nonfatal injury and illness cases requiring days away from work during 2019. The incidence rate per 10,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 283.5.
Fatal occupational injuries
Fatal work injuries totaled 7 for nursing assistants during 2019, compared to 12 during 2018.
Wage and employment estimates come from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program. Injury and illness information come from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). For more information on SOII and CFOI program concepts and definitions see the SOII Handbook of Methods and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.
Last Modified Date: February 4, 2021