What is the Average Salary of a Nursing Assistant?

What is the Average Salary of a Nursing Assistant?

2010 median annual CNA wage = $24,010

The Salaries for nursing assistants can vary greatly depending on several factors. These factors can include:

Type of facility
Experience
State you live in
Required duties

In General, CNAs that work in hospitals can earn greater wages than those that work in nursing care facilities or in-home care. In-home care can be a great place to start because many times a certification is not required and it can build your resume for the higher paying jobs. Jobs earnings can vary greatly, meaning some in-home care and nursing facility jobs may pay as much or even more than some hospital jobs.

A lot of this variation is dependent upon the type of duties performed. The tasks that are more technical and precise in nature will prompt higher wages due to the need for more training and more responsibility. For example, some CNAs are certified in phlebotomy, which means they are trained in drawing blood. This type of skill usually requires separate training from a traditional CNA course. however there are many CNA course that teach a vast range of skills that can be utilized in hospital settings.

States where the cost of living is higher, such as California and New York also pay higher wages to their CNAs. CNA salaries in these states can range between 30K-40K per year. If your state has a higher than average cost of living than the CNA positions will pay corresponding higher wages. Demand also plays a role in CNA salaries. The states that have a higher demand for nursing assistants also pay more for them. The states with the highest demand include California, Connecticut, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey and New York. Demand Continues to grow in states like Virginia,Arkansas, Utah, Delaware and Ohio.

Demand in general for CNAs will continue to grow as the healthcare field grows quickly due to an increasing elderly population. This trend will continue to provide more jobs, higher wages and more job security for CNAs and other healthcare professionals.

In 2010 the national median annual wage for nursing aides was $24,010. The top 10 percent earned more than $34,580. The per hour rate comes out to anywhere between $12 and $20 per hour.

Median and Mean CNA Salaries by State:

State or Territory Average Wage Median Wage
Hourly Annual Hourly Annual
Alabama $10.37 $21,570 $10.11 $21,030
Alaska $16.68 $34,700 $16.59 $34,520
Arizona $13.00 $27,040 $12.85 $26,740
Arkansas $10.04 $20,890 $10.05 $20,900
California $13.94 $28,990 $13.27 $27,610
Colorado $13.16 $27,370 $12.95 $26,940
Connecticut $14.91 $31,010 $14.50 $30,160
Delaware $13.18 $27,410 $13.11 $27,260
District of Columbia $14.03 $29,170 $13.47 $28,010
Florida $11.48 $23,880 $11.19 $23,280
Georgia $10.36 $21,550 $9.94 $20,680
Guam $10.92 $22,720 $10.61 $22,070
Hawaii $14.47 $30,090 $14.32 $29,790
Idaho $11.09 $23,070 $10.89 $22,650
Illinois $11.91 $24,770 $11.32 $23,550
Indiana $11.27 $23,430 $10.96 $22,800
Iowa $11.70 $24,330 $11.27 $23,450
Kansas $11.07 $23,030 $10.82 $22,500
Kentucky $11.02 $22,920 $10.77 $22,410
Louisiana $9.92 $20,630 $9.48 $19,720
Maine $11.70 $24,350 $11.29 $23,480
Maryland $13.66 $28,410 $13.03 $27,110
Massachusetts $14.16 $29,450 $13.69 $28,480
Michigan $12.11 $25,190 $12.10 $25,170
Minnesota $12.92 $26,880 $12.62 $26,240
Mississippi $9.56 $19,890 $9.14 $19,010
Missouri $10.60 $22,050 $10.34 $21,510
Montana $11.58 $24,080 $11.23 $23,350
Nebraska $11.53 $23,980 $11.17 $23,230
Nevada $15.20 $31,610 $14.83 $30,850
New Hampshire $13.97 $29,050 $13.69 $28,480
New Jersey $13.00 $27,050 $12.70 $26,420
New Mexico $12.08 $25,140 $11.46 $23,830
New York $15.30 $31,830 $15.62 $32,490
North Carolina $10.88 $22,620 $10.64 $22,130
North Dakota $12.58 $26,160 $12.50 $26,000
Ohio $11.59 $24,110 $11.23 $23,360
Oklahoma $10.22 $21,270 $10.00 $20,790
Oregon $12.73 $26,470 $12.34 $25,660
Pennsylvania $13.08 $27,200 $12.81 $26,650
Puerto Rico $9.40 $19,550 $8.71 $18,110
Rhode Island $13.61 $28,310 $13.25 $27,560
South Carolina $10.45 $21,730 $10.25 $21,330
South Dakota $11.09 $23,060 $10.79 $22,440
Tennessee $10.72 $22,290 $10.52 $21,890
Texas $10.82 $22,510 $10.44 $21,720
Utah $10.87 $22,610 $10.73 $22,320
Vermont $12.33 $25,650 $11.82 $24,590
Virgin Islands $12.91 $26,850 $12.92 $26,880
Virginia $11.50 $23,930 $11.17 $23,240
Washington $13.50 $28,080 $13.02 $27,090
West Virginia $10.38 $21,590 $9.99 $20,780
Wisconsin $12.25 $25,490 $11.92 $24,800
Wyoming $13.25 $27,570 $13.08 $27,210