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. 

A chart showing the average salary for CNAs in the United States, $30,830.

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: 

  1. Junior Colleges: $23.68 per hour or $49,250 per year
  2. Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: $21.57 per hour or $ 44,870 per year
  3. Federal executive branch of government: $19.81 per hour or $41,210 per week
  4. Scientific Research and Development Services: $19.05 per hour or $39,630 per year
  5. 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. 

CNA Salary by State: Which States Offer the Highest Salaries for CNA's in 2021
Location
Annual Salary
in location
Employment
In location
Employment per 1,000 jobs
Alaska
$40,930
1800
6.084
New York
$40,760
81440
9.370
Virgin Islands
$40,140
100
2.898
Hawaii
$38,020
4050
7.061
California
$37,560
97970
5.962
Oregon
$36,680
12320
6.818
Minnesota
$36,060
28260
10.431
Washington
$35,970
34420
10.773
Massachusetts
$35,900
40550
12.105
North Dakota
$35,490
7930
19.821
Connecticut
$34,900
21370
13.870
District of Columbia
$34,580
3290
4.786
Colorado
$34,550
21310
8.265
New Hampshire
$34,020
7600
12.271
Rhode Island
$33,580
9110
20.570
Nevada
$33,430
7030
5.621
Arizona
$33,420
15830
5.583
Delaware
$32,640
4930
11.565
Maryland
$32,570
27430
10.871
Vermont
$32,480
2460
8.762
Pennsylvania
$32,260
71880
13.040
New Jersey
$32,070
44560
11.779
Maine
$32,010
9140
15.884
Wisconsin
$31,980
30460
11.240
Wyoming
$31,790
2810
10.745
Michigan
$31,570
48610
12.389
Montana
$31,070
5110
11.222
Iowa
$30,420
22520
15.320
Nebraska
$30,300
13390
14.201
Illinois
$30,190
56330
10.009
Utah
$29,740
12050
8.091
New Mexico
$29,510
4980
6.344
Ohio
$29,350
63290
12.319
Indiana
$29,270
30120
10.321
Virginia
$29,060
41560
11.229
Idaho
$28,960
6600
9.180
South Dakota
$28,560
6150
14.963
Guam
$28,500
320
4.940
Kansas
$28,470
21790
16.357
Texas
$28,240
75690
6.255
Florida
$28,070
84520
10.013
Kentucky
$27,670
20310
11.393
Tennessee
$27,660
28730
9.893
North Carolina
$27,610
53900
12.568
South Carolina
$26,860
17710
8.786
West Virginia
$26,710
7350
11.304
Georgia
$26,530
33520
7.780
Oklahoma
$26,520
19930
12.754
Missouri
$25,930
34880
12.960
Arkansas
$25,570
18560
15.758
Alabama
$24,410
21470
11.279
Louisiana
$23,460
21030
11.677
Mississippi
$23,460
13010
12.081
Puerto Rico
$18,520
820
0.999