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How much do certified nursing assistants (CNA) make? 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that certified nursing assistants make a mean annual income of $32,050 as of May 2020, which is approximately $15.41 per hour. The lowest 10 percent of CNAs earned less than $22,750 each year, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $42,110 each year.

Where do certified nursing assistants earn the most? 

certified nursing assistant salaries can vary greatly depending on location and industry. According to the BLS, the following industries offer the highest wages for certified nursing assistants: 

  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

The average salary for certified nursing assistants differs greatly from state to state. The top-paying states for CNAs are as follows:

  1. Alaska: $20.43 per hour or $42,500 per year
  2. New York: $19.53 per hour or $40,620 per year
  3. California: $18.89 per hour or $39,280 per year
  4. Hawaii: $18.58 per hour or $38,650 per year
  5. Massachusetts: $17.86 per hour or $37,160 per year

How much do certified nursing assistants earn in each state?

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. 

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Salary
Location
Annual Salary
in location
Employment
In location
Employment per 1,000 jobs
Alaska
$42,500
1,800
6.084
New York
$40,620
81,440
9.370
California
$39,280
97,970
5.962
Hawaii
$38,650
4,050
7.061
Virgin Islands
$38,080
100
2.898
Massachusetts
$37,160
40,550
12.105
Oregon
$37,100
12,320
6.818
District of Columbia
$36,980
3,290
4.786
Washington
$36,310
34,420
10.773
Minnesota
$36,040
28,260
10.431
North Dakota
$35,510
7,930
19.821
Connecticut
$35,400
21,370
13.870
New Hampshire
$34,550
7,600
12.271
Colorado
$34,470
21,310
8.265
Nevada
$34,280
7,030
5.621
Rhode Island
$34,280
9,110
20.570
Maryland
$33,840
27,430
10.871
Arizona
$33,630
15,830
5.583
Vermont
$33,450
2,460
8.762
Wyoming
$33,160
2,810
10.745
New Jersey
$33,030
44,560
11.779
Delaware
$32,980
4,930
11.565
Maine
$32,670
9,140
15.884
Pennsylvania
$32,560
71,880
13.040
Wisconsin
$32,560
30,460
11.240
Michigan
$32,030
48,610
12.389
Montana
$31,720
5,110
11.222
Iowa
$31,480
22,520
15.320
Illinois
$31,160
56,330
10.009
Georgia
$30,950
33,520
7.780
Nebraska
$30,770
13,390
14.201
New Mexico
$30,290
4,980
6.344
Utah
$30,240
12,050
8.091
Ohio
$29,710
63,290
12.319
Indiana
$29,610
30,120
10.321
Virginia
$29,490
41,560
11.229
Idaho
$29,370
6,600
9.180
Guam
$29,160
320
4.940
Texas
$29,050
75,690
6.255
South Dakota
$28,870
6,150
14.963
Florida
$28,660
84,520
10.013
Kansas
$28,510
21,790
16.357
West Virginia
$28,200
7,350
11.304
Kentucky
$27,980
20,310
11.393
Tennessee
$27,940
28,730
9.893
North Carolina
$27,800
53,900
12.568
South Carolina
$27,760
17,710
8.786
Missouri
$27,720
34,880
12.960
Oklahoma
$27,220
19,930
12.754
Arkansas
$26,550
18,560
15.758
Alabama
$25,600
21,470
11.279
Mississippi
$24,400
13,010
12.081
Louisiana
$24,300
21,030
11.677
Puerto Rico
$22,350
820
0.999