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 2020, there were 1,371,050 people employed in this occupation. The average hourly wage was $15.41, and the average annual wage was $32,050.
In private industry for nursing assitants, there were 96,480 nonfatal injury and illness cases involving days away from work in 2020. The incidence rate per 10,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 1,023.8.
|Case characteristic||Number of cases|
Nature of injury or illness
All other natures
Sprains, strains, tears
Part of body affected
Multiple body parts
Source of injury or illness
All other sources
Floors, walkways, ground surfaces
Worker motion or position
Event or exposure leading to injury or illness
Exposure to harmful substances or environments
Fall on same level
Intentional injury by other person
Overexertion in lifting or lowering
Struck by object or equipment
 Data shown correspond to Nature, Part, Source, and Event codes based on the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System 2.01 developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses
Fatal work injuries totaled 12 for nursing assistants during 2020, compared to 7 during 2019.
Wage and employment estimates come from the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) 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 program concepts, see the definitions page and the SOII Handbook of Methods. For more information on CFOI program concepts, see the definitions page and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.
Last Modified Date: January 27, 2022