Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Nursing Assistant Pay in the Top 20 Metro Markets

Nursing assistants work in varied healthcare settings, with about two-thirds of the nursing assistant workforce found in skilled nursing facilities and hospitals. Smaller numbers are found working in assisted living facilities, home health care agencies, and other individual and family service environments. As of May 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that approximately 1,420,000 nursing assistants were employed in the the U.S., making it one of the largest healthcare occupations in the country. The BLS further estimated that, as of May 2019, the national mean wage for nursing assistants was $30,720 per year, in comparison to a $53,490 annual mean wage for workers in all occupations in the U.S. From region-to-region, there was considerable disparity in nursing assistant mean annual wages, with nursing assistants in some regions of the country earning 60% or more than their counterparts elsewhere. This salary and wage disparity is readily seen in BLS data from May 2019, which reports the following about nursing assistant pay in the top 20 metro markets in the U.S.:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 New York-Newark-Jersey City 93,850 $38,250
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 41,150 $34,800
3 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin 39,440 $30,930
4 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 21,530 $29,610
5 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 16,030 $28,400
6 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria 26,310 $32,400
7 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach 22,130 $27,260
8 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington 37,970 $31,670
9 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta 16,920 $30,400
10 Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler 8,640 $33,450
11 Boston-Cambridge-Newton 26,270 $36,240
12 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley 11,140 $45,100
13 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 7,360 $34,220
14 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn 20,810 $31,520
15 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 19,460 $35,110
16 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington 15,360 $37,060
17 San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad 9,200 $37,850
18 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 14,180 $28,770
19 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood 11,070 $35,570
20 St. Louis 15,450 $26,540
National 1,419,920 $30,720

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on November 28, 2020