Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Nursing Assistant Pay in the Southwestern U.S.

Over 1,371,000 nursing assistants were employed in the U.S. as of May 2020 according to data recently released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Approximately 116,000 employed nursing assistants lived in the four-state Southwestern region of the country.  Generally speaking, the region is a poor one for nursing assistant pay, with three states in the region having a nursing assistant annual mean wage level that was below the national average.  This included one state, Oklahoma, that ranked among the ten worst states in the nation for nursing assistant annual mean wages.   A closer look at BLS data from May 2020 reveals the following about nursing assistant pay in the Southwestern U.S.:

Nursing Assistant Pay in the Southwestern U.S.

Nursing Assistant Pay in the Southwestern U.S.


State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AZ 15,830 $33,630 17th
NM 4,980 $30,290 31st
OK 19,930 $27,220 47th
TX 75,690 $29,050 37th
U.S. 1,371,050 $32,050 -------

(*) annual mean wage ranking among the 50 states and the District of Columbia

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on May 15, 2021

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