As of 2012, the typical yearly salary for a nursing assistant is about $24,400, according to the United States Department of Labor. The lowest 10 percent of assistants earned less than roughly $18,300 while the highest 10 percent earned more than approximately $35,300.
Nursing assistants are expected to experience a 20 percent job growth between 2012 and 2022, which is faster than the average for all other occupations. The job outlook is contributed to the aging baby boomer population and the number of senior citizens in long-term care facilities. Swelling numbers of patients with dementia and chronic conditions also contribute to the job forecast.