Occupation Snapshot | Nursing assistants, 2016–2020 | January 2022
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.
Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses
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.
Fatal occupational injuries
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