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CNA Salaries & Pay Information

As in most industries, the amount of education and training dictates the amount one is paid. On average the first year the rate a nursing assistant makes is from $11.50 to $16.00+ per hour.

One with the minimum education or technical skill can expect to make around $19,600. One that has a college or university degree one can make about $30,900 or more.

As these numbers represent the national averages, one could make more depending on the location of the hospital, nursing home or if they are in the private sector such as in a home health care position.

Some hospitals, clinics and nursing facilities, may provide additional income due to over time and or the shift that one may be assigned to.

The number of years as a CNA can greatly influence the amount one can make as well.

Approximate salaries by years of experience: (rounded off)

  • One to 4 years: $20,000 – $30,000
  • 2 to 4 years: $18,800 – $29,700
  • 5 to 9 years: $18,700 – $30,600
  • 10 to 19: $20,000 – $32,400
  • 20 plus years $20,900 – $35,400

Other factors in a CNA’s salary can be the type of employer.

Schools generally pay the least which is about $15,000 to $27,000 per year and the federal government pays the most at $24,000 to $36,000 per year and this again depending on education and tenure.

CNA Salary Rates by State:


StateTotal JobsAve. per hourAverage Annual Income
Alabama21,440$10.18$21,180
Alaska1,880$16.45$34,210
Arizona17,460$12.52$26,040
Arkansas18,600$10.05$20,910
California106,240$13.42$27,920
Colorado18,240$13.16$27,370
Connecticut23,700$14.71$30,590
Delaware5,080$13.43$27,940
District of Columbia3,080$14.04$29,190
Florida88,930$11.43$23,780
Georgia36,390$10.41$21,650
Guam200$10.80$22,470
Hawaii4,670$14.91$31,020
Idaho7,540$10.77$22,390
Illinois57,540$11.66$24,250
Indiana34,990$11.32$23,550
Iowa21,420$11.53$23,990
Kansas19,840$11.06$23,000
Kentucky23,790$10.99$22,860
Louisiana23,930$9.72$20,210
Maine10,230$11.54$24,010
Maryland31,750$13.71$28,510
Massachusetts40,520$13.93$28,970
Michigan49,570$12.26$25,490
Minnesota31,580$12.82$26,670
Mississippi16,150$9.46$19,680
Missouri40,220$10.53$21,890
Montana6,080$11.37$23,650
Nebraska13,990$11.36$23,630
Nevada4,890$15.08$31,370
New Hampshire8,380$14.05$29,220
New Jersey51,070$12.83$26,700
New Mexico6,950$11.83$24,600
New York99,620$15.01$31,230
North Carolina37,030$10.90$22,680
North Dakota6,520$12.03$25,010
Ohio73,820$11.58$24,100
Oklahoma19,330$9.99$20,780
Oregon13,200$12.77$26,570
Pennsylvania74,680$12.85$26,720
Puerto Rico1,840$8.70$18,100
Rhode Island8,060$13.52$28,120
South Carolina19,790$10.33$21,480
South Dakota6,090$10.87$22,600
Tennessee30,580$10.72$22,290
Texas97,530$10.58$22,010
Utah10,150$11.11$23,110
Vermont2,990$12.07$25,100
Virgin Islands220$12.98$26,990
Virginia34,220$11.38$23,670
Washington22,710$13.41$27,890
West Virginia8,020$10.33$21,480
Wisconsin37,630$12.32$25,620
Wyoming2,970$13.11$27,260
This data obtained from USA Bureau of Labor Statistics.