CNA Salary by State: Which States Offer the Highest Salaries for CNA's in 2021
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How Much Do Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) Make?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that certified nursing assistants make $14.82 an hour or $30,830 per year.
What’s The Most a CNA Can Make in an Hour?
Certified nursing assistant (CNA) salaries can vary greatly depending on location and industry. According to the BLS, the following industries offer the highest average CNA salary:
- Junior Colleges: $23.68 per hour or $49,250 per year
- Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: $21.57 per hour or $ 44,870 per year
- Federal executive branch of government: $19.81 per hour or $41,210 per week
- Scientific Research and Development Services: $19.05 per hour or $39,630 per year
- Outpatient Care Centers: $18.47 hour or $38,420 per year
Although junior colleges pay the most. Nursing and elderly assisted living facilities employ more than 50% of nursing assistants. 34% of nursing assistants work at nursing care facilities where they make $14.90 per hour or $31,000 per year. 16% of nursing assistants work at retirement or assisted living facilities where they make $14.71 per hour or $30,600 per year.
RNs vs. LPNs vs. CNAs: Who Makes More?
CNAs make less than registered nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses or Licensed Vocational Nurses. RNs, on average, make nearly 1.5 times (144%) more than CNAs. LPNs make nearly 60% more than CNAs. Here are the average salaries for RNs, LPNs and CNAs.
- RN Average Salary: $75,330 per year
- LPN Average Salary: $48,820 per year
- CNA Average Salary: $30,830 per year
Where Can I Find Open CNA Positions?
Hospitals, long-term care facilities, retirement homes and other employers often have openings for nursing assistants. For certified nursing assistant jobs in your area, check out HealthJob’s CNA job board.
How Can I Become a CNA?
Getting certified as a CNA typically requires a class that can take anywhere from four to eight weeks—and sometimes longer. To learn more about becoming a CNA and what they do, check out or guide: How to Become a CNA.
CNA Salary by State: What is The Highest Paying State for CNAs?
The table below compares CNA salaries across states and U.S. territories (Source: BLS Occupational Employment and Wages May 2020). You can also find data for the number of certified nursing assistants in each state as well as the number of certified nursing assistants per 1,000 jobs—a figure that can help you determine the job's popularity in a given location. Not all locations have employment statistics.