Certified Nursing Assistant Salary

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nursing-assistantsA certified nursing assistant (CNA) is a nursing professional that has been training to provide basic nursing and care to patients. Most patients attended by CNAs are elderly or disabled adults in residential care facilities and nursing homes. A certified nursing assistant is required to complete a training course from a certified nursing assistant school. Because CNAs do not provide healthcare and medical services, the training program is shorter and finding a job after being certified is usually faster that more advanced nursing careers. Certified nursing assistant salary reflect the type of care that is provided.

Average Certified Nursing Assistant Salary

Based on the statistics provided by the Unites States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average certified nursing assistant salary is about $11.50 per hour, or $24,000 annually. Of course, salary is affected by a wide variety of factors, including education, experience, and cost of living. For a more accurate description of CNA wages in your area, see the table below that highlights certified nursing assistant salary by state.

Certified Nursing Assistant Salary by State

Certified nursing assistant salary vary from state to state. CNA-Nursing.com has compiled a complete list of CNA wages by state to provide a more clear overview of what to expect when choosing a CNA career path. As you can see from the table below, the states with the highest certified nursing assistant salary are: Alaska, New York, Connecticut, Nevada, and District of Columbia.

State Jobs Hourly
Annual
AL 19,960 $ 10.44 $ 21,710
AK 2,030 $ 16.82 $ 34,990
AZ 14,900 $ 13.30 $ 27,660
AR 19,230 $ 10.10 $ 21,000
CA 99,500 $ 14.13 $ 29,400
CO 16,700 $ 13.26 $ 27,580
CT 21,380 $ 15.22 $ 31,660
DE 5,270 $ 13.10 $ 27,250
DC 2,930 $ 14.57 $ 30,300
FL 84,740 $ 11.58 $ 24,080
GA 36,800 $ 10.47 $ 21,780
HI 5,080 $ 14.44 $ 30,040
ID 7,720 $ 10.93 $ 22,730
IL 60,790 $ 11.81 $ 24,570
ID 33,180 $ 11.11 $ 23,120
IA 22,750 $ 12.15 $ 25,270
KS 19,640 $ 11.07 $ 23,030
KY 24,090 $ 11.00 $ 22,870
LA 22,720 $ 9.97 $ 20,730
ME 9,240 $ 11.68 $ 24,300
MD 27,690 $ 13.85 $ 28,810
MA 38,530 $ 14.23 $ 29,610
MI 51,490 $ 12.38 $ 25,750
MN 29,620 $ 13.09 $ 27,220
MS 15,420 $ 9.72 $ 20,220
MO 39,870 $ 10.70 $ 22,260
MT 5,130 $ 11.77 $ 24,470
NE 14,130 $ 11.62 $ 24,180
NV 4,910 $ 15.03 $ 31,270
NH 8,300 $ 13.78 $ 28,670
NJ 49,210 $ 13.19 $ 27,430
NM 6,010 $ 12.60 $ 26,210
NY 98,340 $ 15.31 $ 31,840
NC 53,150 $ 10.82 $ 22,510
ND 6,550 $ 13.24 $ 27,530
OH 69,300 $ 11.64 $ 24,210
OK 18,070 $ 10.23 $ 21,280
OR 12,570 $ 12.69 $ 26,400
PA 71,660 $ 13.12 $ 27,290
RI 9,390 $ 13.75 $ 28,590
SC 18,320 $ 10.44 $ 21,710
SD 6,080 $ 11.01 $ 22,900
TN 29,520 $ 10.87 $ 22,600
TX 86,940 $ 11.13 $ 23,150
UT 10,110 $ 11.06 $ 23,000
VT 2,910 $ 12.51 $ 26,020
VA 36,420 $ 11.54 $ 24,010
WA 23,700 $ 13.80 $ 28,710
WV 7,860 $ 10.47 $ 21,790
WI 37,230 $ 12.37 $ 25,740
WY 2,980 $ 13.38 $ 27,840
PR 970 $ 10.34 $ 21,510
VI 230 $ 11.45 $ 23,810

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants,
on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes311014.htm.

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