From the United States Bureau of Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the 2016 median pay in the U.S. was $26,590 with an hourly rate of $12.78 per hour. Per the Handbook, the lower 10 percent earned less than $20,040, with the highest 10 percent earning more than $37,900.
One of the most important factors in determining salary is experience. New CNAs will typically start off making a salary that is close to the bottom 10 percentile, which according to SimplyHired is $18,506. By their numbers, the median CNA salary is $26,076 per year and a CNA that has had at least five years of experience can expect to earn a salary that is near that. CNAs that have had over 10 years of experience can reach the top 10 percentile and earn over $36,743 per year or more.
The average CNA salary varies somewhat depending on data sources, though they are all fairly close. Here are the average numbers from a number of authoritative job data sources:
Another variant in how much a CNA makes is their specific work setting. The majority of the CNAs work in nursing care facilities around the country. According to available statistics, 42 percent of CNAs work in nursing care, 28 percent in hospitals, 11 percent in employment agencies, 4 percent in home care and the remaining 11 percent in different settings. A CNA in a hospital can make between $10.75 and $15 per hour. CNAs who work in home health facilities can make anywhere from $9.00 to $14.00 per hour. A CNA who works in a nursing home can expect to earn anywhere from $10 to $15 per hour.
The difference in CNA salaries can also vary greatly between states. The highest-paying state for a CNA is Hawaii. A CNA in Hawaii can expect to earn an average of almost $14.00 per hour or almost $33,000 per year. Nevada is the second-highest paying state for a CNA coming in at $32,000 per year. The three states where the average CNA salary is closest to the median are Florida ($23,320), Arkansas ($23,284) and New Mexico ($23,687)
How much does a CNA make? A state by state comparison
Data courtesy of the Indeed website, current as of 4/26/2017. Click on the individual state links to see Indeed’s most current data. The annual average salary for a CNA according to Indeed is $24,832.
The CNA Job Outlook
The job outlook is also a major factor that influences the salary range of nursing assistants. The prospects in nursing are currently being fueled by the growth of the country’s healthcare industry and the aging of the baby boomers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an increase in new positions, which will most likely increase the salary range of CNAs. The State of California is currently leading with about 3,900 openings followed by Florida with 3,580.