Thursday, February 18, 2021

20 Best Metropolitan Markets for Nursing Assistant Pay

In Nursing Assistant Pay in the Top 20 Metro Markets we learned that the major U.S. metro areas are big employment centers for nursing assistants. However, a more thorough examination of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals that better pay, sometimes a lot better, for nursing assistants is often found in smaller metro areas. May 2019 (BLS) data indicates that only five of the top 20 U.S. metro areas were among the 20 best metropolitan markets for nursing assistant pay:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Salinas, CA 860 $46,170
2 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (#) 11,140 $45,100
3 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA N/A $44,710
4 Fairbanks, AK 210 $41,900
5 Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 270 $40,080
6 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 4,570 $39,800
7 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 740 $39,640
8 Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade 5,670 $39,340
9 Anchorage, AK 920 $38,430
10 New York-Newark-Jersey City (#) 93,850 $38,250
11 San Diego-Carlsbad (#) 9,200 $37,850
12 Santa Rosa, CA 1,450 $37,660
13 Urban Honolulu, HI 2,820 $37,540
14 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 1,210 $37,180
15 Minneapolis-St.Paul-Bloomington (#) 15,360 $37,060
16 Santa Fe, NM 230 $36,440
17 Boston-Cambridge-Nashua (#) 26,270 $36,240
18 St. Cloud, MN 1,320 $35,940
19 Portsmouth, NH-ME 970 $35,860
20 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 5,280 $35,760
National 1,419,920 $30,720

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

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