Thursday, November 18, 2021

Nursing Assistant Pay in the Southeastern U.S.

Over 1,371,000 nursing assistants were working in the USA as of May 2020 according to data released earlier this year by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The twelve-state Southeastern U.S. was home to more than 361,000 of those nursing assistant jobs.  Per BLS data, the Southeast was the worst region in the country for nursing assistant pay as every state in the region had an annual mean wage level for nursing assistants that fell below the national average.  Moreover, eight of the ten states in the country with the lowest nursing assistant annual mean wage levels were in the Southeast.  A further examination of BLS data from May 2020 details the following about nursing assistant pay in the Southeastern U.S.:

Nursing Assistant Pay in the Southeastern U.S.
Nursing Assistant Pay in the Southeastern U.S.

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AL 21,470 $25,600 49th
AR 18,560 $26,550 48th
FL 84,520 $28,660 39th
GA 33,520 $30,950 29th
KY 20,310 $27,980 42nd
LA 21,030 $24,300 51st
MS 13,010 $24,400 50th
NC 53,900 $27,800 44th
SC 17,710 $27,760 45th
TN 28,730 $27,940 43rd
VA 41,560 $29,490 35th
WV 7,350 $28,200 41st
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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