What is an average CNA salary?
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 in 2016.
Across this range, there are a number of things that will determine the amount of money that a CNA makes. One of those things is the years of experience that he or she has had. New CNAs will typically start off making a salary that is close to the bottom 10 percentile, which according to SimplyHired is $18,241. By their numbers, the median CNA salary is $25,864 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 $36,672 per year or more.
Average CNA salary information 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:
The pay difference can also vary greatly among states. The highest-paying state for a CNA is Hawaii. A CNA in this state can expect to earn an average of almost $14.00 per hour. This equals out to 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 media are Florida ($23,320), Arkansas ($23,284) and New Mexico ($23,687)
CNAs can work in a variety of settings, including home health, nursing homes and hospitals. One’s pay is also determined by the type of place that he or she works. 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.
Even though a person should never pick a job solely because of the pay, the salary is a factor that one should consider. Experienced CNAs have the opportunity to earn a competitive salary.
How much does a CNA Make? State by state CNA salary 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.