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CNA Salary

So you’re either interested in a career as a certified nurse’s assistant or you’re looking for CNA classes and just want more information. Whatever it is, we have the information you need. You can jump to see the chart of the average CNA salary by state or you can just read through this helpful guide. We want to provide you with as much information as possible to prepare you for a career as a CNA.

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Let’s talk money! What is the average CNA salary?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2015, CNAs earned an average hourly rate of $12.36 per hour and made $25,710 a year. The lower spectrum of the salary range reported that less than 10% earned $9.32 an hour and about $19,390 annually, while the top 10% enjoyed $17.74 hourly and $36,890 per year.

Average National Wage (BLS May 2015)

Percentile10%25%50%75%90%
Hourly Wage$9.32$10.47$12.36$14.68$17.74
Annual Wage$19,390$21,780$25,710$30,530$36,890

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Are there different factors and influences that go into it?

Your CNA salary may depend on several factors that determine the rate of pay in your particular state. While southern states tend to pay less per hour, the cost of living is generally lower and items such as food, housing and transportation may cost less than the northern region or on the west coast states. For example, CNAs in Louisiana earn an average of $9.68 an hour while New York pays $16.20.

In addition, as you gain experience or seniority in your hospital or nursing home, annual raises increase your hourly wage. Typically, CNAs with work experience are hired at a higher hourly rate. Depending on the facility you practice in, you may receive an hourly bonus for supervisory positions, scheduling duties and for training new CNAs on the job. Working the evening, weekends or night-shift may also increase your hourly rate by as much as $1 to $2 per hour.

Your salary may also depend on your education and training as a CNA. Employers in hospitals and nursing homes frequently offer advanced training for CNAs to become certified medication assistants (CMAs) or progress to the level of a CNA ll. With more responsibility and specialized training, CNAs can increase their hourly rate by $1 to $3 or more.
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Part time or full time, What’s the difference?

One of the benefits of working as a CNA is the ability to work flexible part or full-time schedules. Although working part time or “as needed” may not provide you with health insurance benefits, the hourly rate of pay is usually about 10% higher than average.

Full time positions are usually considered at least 32 hours per workweek and may include retirement packages, health insurance benefits and a 401K plan. Although your hourly rate may be lower than your fellow part-time employees, you may have the opportunity to become vested in your facility over time and enjoy profit sharing.
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Can I survive off of a CNA salary?

Since CNA salaries vary widely and depend largely on the area that you live, it’s important to examine your financial needs and research the local hourly pay for options. Although a nursing home may pay a lower wage in your area, a nearby hospital may offer a significantly higher hourly rate or vice a versa. If you live in a high cost of living state, does the salary match the costs you need to maintain living expenses?

Because the CNA salary is generally on the low scale of healthcare, a large percentage of CNAs take advantage of employer tuition and advance their education in nursing or other areas of healthcare. Working as a CNA provides the flexibility that students need to attend classes and increase their earning potential.
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What’s the job outlook look like for 2016?

As the Affordable Care Act moves more people into the healthcare system and our baby boomer population ages, CNAs remain in high demand, especially in long-term care facilities. According to the BLS, CNA positions are projected to grow 21% faster than all other occupations from 2013 up until 2022.
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Average CNA Salary by State 2015 (most up-to-date)

StateAVG Hourly WageAVG Annual WageSource
Alabama$10.65$22,150Source
Alaska$17.93$37,300Source
Arizona$13.89$28,890Source
Arkansas$10.61$22,070Source
California$14.96$31,110Source
Colorado$14.12$29,380Source
Connecticut$15.33$31,890Source
Delaware$13.63$28,360Source
Florida$11.78$24,510Source
Georgia$10.89$22,650Source
Hawaii$14.80$30,780Source
Idaho$11.70$24,340Source
Illinois$12.54$26,080Source
Indiana$11.70$24,330Source
Iowa$12.64$26,300Source
Kansas$11.54$23,990Source
Kentucky$11.20$23,290 Source
Louisiana$10.05$20,910Source
Maine$12.12$25,210Source
Maryland$13.82$28,740Source
Massachusetts$14.48$30,130Source
Michigan$13.46$27,990Source
Minnesota$13.79$28,670Source
Mississippi$10.23$21,290Source
Missouri$11.48$23,880Source
Montana$12.12$25,200Source
Nebraska$12.18$25,330Source
Nevada$15.73$32,710Source
New Hampshire$14.30$29,740Source
New Jersey$13.61$28,310Source
New Mexico$12.86$26,750Source
New York$16.06$33,390Source
North Carolina$11.07$23,030Source
North Dakota$14.19$29,520Source
Ohio$12.09$25,150Source
Oklahoma$11.01$22,890Source
Oregon$14.49$30,140Source
Pennsylvania$13.68$28,460Source
Rhode Island$13.99$29,090Source
South Carolina$11.59$24,100Source
South Dakota$11.68$24,290Source
Tennessee$11.02$22,920Source
Texas$11.80$24,550Source
Utah$11.23$23,350Source
Vermont$13.27$27,600Source
Virginia$12.07$25,100Source
Washington$14.15$29,430Source
West Virginia$11.58$24,080Source
Wisconsin$13.18$27,420Source
Wyoming$13.47$28,020Source

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