CNA Salary Information

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:

Site Annual Hourly
SimplyHired $25,864 $12.43
Payscale $24,294 $11.68
Indeed $24,939 $11.99

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.

State Average % +/-
Alabama $21,271 -9.4%
Alaska  $29,244 24.5%
Arizona  $27,846 18.5%
Arkansas  $23,284 -0.9%
California  $27,493 17.0%
Colorado  $27,150 15.6%
Connecticut  $27,211 15.8%
Delaware  $23,786 1.3%
Florida  $23,320 -0.7%
Georgia  $21,187 -9.8%
Hawaii  $32,627 38.9%
Idaho  $19,955 -15.0%
Illinois $21,503 -8.5%
Indiana  $27,846 18.5%
Iowa  $22,864 -2.7%
Kansas  $25,938 10.4%
Kentucky  $22,255 -5.3%
Louisiana  $21,716 -7.5%
Maine  $17,357 -26.1%
Maryland  $29,422 25.3%
Massachusetts  $24,403 3.9%
Michigan  $21,504 -8.5%
Minnesota  $26,201 11.5%
Mississippi  $18,814 -19.9%
Missouri  $21,873 -6.9%
Montana $25,846 10.0%
Nebraska  $25,747 9.6%
Nevada  $32,193 37.1%
New Hampshire  $27,605 17.5%
New Jersey $27,010 15.0%
New Mexico  $23,687 0.8%
New York  $26,216 11.6%
North Carolina  $20,993 -10.6%
North Dakota  $28,763 22.5%
Ohio  $25,117 6.9%
Oklahoma  $22,860 -2.7%
Oregon  $28,564 21.6%
Pennsylvania $22,223 -5.4%
Rhode Island  $27,277 16.1%
South Carolina $19,833 -15.6%
South Dakota  $28,499 21.3%
Tennessee  $18,701 -20.4%
Texas  $24,594 4.7%
Utah  $20,849 -11.2%
Vermont  $29,625 26.1%
Virginia  $23,093 -1.7%
Washington  $31,105 32.4%
West Virginia  $27,476 17.0%
Wisconsin  $23,775 1.2%
Wyoming $23,880 1.7%