Between 2007 and 2017, inflation-adjusted wages for nursing assistants rose by 0.5%, from $12.78 in 2007 to $12.84 in 2017. Nursing assistants working in nursing homes earn a median income of $21,200 annually. About 15% of nursing assistants live below the federal poverty level. About 37% of nursing assistants receive any public assistance: 26% receive food and nutrition assistance, 21% receive Medicaid, and 2% receive cash assistance. Nursing assistants made up about 37% of the nursing home direct care workforce in 2017, at 594,460 workers. This is nearly three times the 208,740 licensed . . .
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