The average hourly wage for nursing assistants is $12.62, as noted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor in its Occupational Employment and Wages report from May 2014. The highest paid 10 percent of nursing assistants earns an hourly wage of $17.39, and the lowest paid 10 percent earns an hourly wage of $9.03.
Skilled nursing care facilities have the highest level and concentration of employment, paying nursing assistants an average of $12.09 per hour, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The highest paying industries that employ nursing assistants include the federal executive branch, lessors of real estate, insurance carriers, scientific research and development services and colleges, universities and professional schools.
The states with the largest level of employment are New York at $15.61 per hour, California at $14.43 per hour, Florida at $11.59 per hour, Texas at $11.52 per hour and Pennsylvania at $13.52 per hour. The states with the highest paying wage are Alaska at $17.87 per hour, Nevada at $15.86 per hour, New York at $15.61 per hour, Connecticut at $15.36 per hour and the District of Columbia at $14.87 per hour, as of May 2014.