CNA Salary

If you are thinking about starting a career as a certified nurse assistant, you may want to figure out if it is going to pay enough money for you to be happy with. Some people stop at an assistant position because they feel that the salary is sufficient for their goals, but others move on to higher educational pursuits in order to make more money in the long run. A person’s CNA salary is dependent on working location, job experience, employment place, and much more. The information below should give you a rough idea of some of the salary ranges you may experience in this field.

CNA Salary by Industry

With the range of industries that CNAs can work in, it is hard to pinpoint a salary that covers all of them. Here is a look at some of the most popular industries you could work in:

  • Healthcare: $14,773 – $43,190 per year
  • Home Health Care: $11,616 – $45,913 per year
  • Hospital: $14,815 – $40,461 per year
  • Medical Services: $18,984 – $60,502 per year
  • Nursing Home: $13,602 – $33,025 per year
  • Residential Care or Assisted Living Facility: $13,650 – $32,670 per year
  • Services to the Elderly: $12,040 – $46,369 per year

CNA Salary by Certification

As you progress through your career, you will gain new certifications and higher pay levels. The list below outlines how your certifications may impact your earnings:

  • ASCP Certified Phlebotomy Technician: $24,131 – $25,869 per year
  • Basic Life Support: $22,837 – $30,521 per year
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: $9,123 – $35,886 per year
  • Certified Home Health Aide: $16,200 – $38,000 per year
  • Certified Nurse Assistant: $12,255 – $58,723 per year
  • Emergency Medical Technician: $30,462 – $43,927 per year
  • First Aid: $9,000 – $24,417 per year

CNA Salary by Hospital Setting

Your CNA salary may be dependent on the health care facility you work in. Possible options include:

  • Ambulatory Care or Surgery Center: $9,804 – $54,631 per year
  • Community or Home Health: $14,010 – $48,800 per year
  • Extended Care or Nursing Home: $14,272 – $34,035 per year
  • General Hospital: $14,550 – $38,168 per year
  • Military: $9,664 – $45,691 per year
  • Physician’s Office or Private Practice: $17,254 – $40,905 per year
  • Travelling or Agency: $10,800 – $47,500 per year

CNA Salary by Degree

As a whole, a higher degree will lead to a higher certified nurse assistant salary. Earnings fluctuate as follows:

  • Associate’s Degree: $17,879 – $45,021 per year
  • Bachelor’s Degree: $12,164 – $78,906 per year
  • Certified Nursing Assistant: $19,000 – $29,388 per year
  • GED or High School Diploma: $18,068 – $32,715 per year

CNA Salary by Employer Type

Different types of employers have different amounts of money they can pay to their employers. Your CNA salary may range as follows:

  • Company: $12,995 – $38,500 per year
  • Contract: $14,400 – $47,932 per year
  • Federal Government: $14,838 – $47,437 per year
  • Foundation or Trust: $12,000 – $59,866 per year
  • Franchise: $19,000 – $32,500 per year
  • Hospital: $14,927 – $40,904 per year
  • Non-Profit Organization: $14,571 – $40,000 per year
  • Private Practice/Firm: $14,453 – $39,909 per year
  • School District: $21,600 – $53,000 per year
  • Self-Employed: $14,497 – $97,740 per year
  • State and Local Government: $14,494 – $35,351 per year

CNA Salary by Years of Experience

Most people do not remain CNAs throughout the duration of their career, but those that do can earn good money overall. Here is an outline of how your salary will change throughout the years:

  • 1-4 years: $14,000 – $39,069 per year
  • 5-9 years: $14,860 – $41,344 per year
  • 10-19 years: $14,620 – $38,967 per year
  • 20+ years: $17,603 – $45,150 per year

CNA Salary by Gender

Men tend to get paid more for certified nursing assistance, but that may be because they make up the minority in this industry. Fluctuations based on gender include:

  • Male: $14,303 – $41,788 per year
  • Female: $13,666 – $37,361 per year

CNA Salary by State

Some areas of the country have better stability in their economies than others. Your CNA salary will change accordingly. Listed below are some of the salary levels you may see across the country:

  • California: $16,500 – $47,457 per year
  • Florida: $15,044 – $50,335 per year
  • Georgia: $12,066 – $36,867 per year
  • Illinois: $12,027 – $46,978 per year
  • New York: $17,517 – $50,247 per year
  • North Carolina: $15,178 – $35,553 per year
  • Texas: $14,783 – $37,569 per year

Note that the information above is courtesy of PayScale.com as of January 9, 2012. It may not reflect the information at the time you read this article.