CNA salaries and career:
If you have completed your qualification and got your certification for CNA, you might be looking for a job as a CNA. When doing so you may find jobs that offer high salary but low benefits but then the question arises that do you want to enjoy just helping people or would you be working for the advancement of your career? No matter what the answer, both of these decisions can be fulfilled while working as a CNA. The good news is that as per the increasing demand of CNA in all states, their wages are more than satisfying and as per the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of employment and salary of CNA tends to increase by 20% till 2020 accordingly.
Factors effecting payroll
Before we get on to the average salary paid to a CNA, let us first talk about the factors that might affect your salary. These different factors that should be kept in mind before getting a job at any place as they can influence the amount of money you can earn.
- Location: As we all know that for any occupation, its location is the key factor that affects the payroll. Salaries for CNA are also different in every state. The cost of living in any state determines the salary offered in any occupation. According to this average salary earned by a CNA in New York is $33,400 and Iowa, having low cost of living provides an average earning of$26,400. But if we keep in mind the living cost of these two states, you could earn a good living in Iowa.
- Education: For many professions, the degree of education and the amount of training that you get plays a vital role in fixing salary. Even though a CNA can earn a vigorous amount of money without spending much time studying in university, but if you have the highest level of degree for your career than it can prove as a big advantage. Salary earned by a CNA having the minimum required education would be up to $20,000, where as a CNA with highest education as well as more training experience can earn up to $30,000.
- Experience: It is said that the longer you work in any occupation, the higher you will earn in it. Moreover, you can also earn more experience and money if you keep on studying and gain on hand working experience. You can also take full advantage of different training opportunities which will increase your exposure as well as pay you dividends in the forms of higher benefits and job satisfaction.
- Employers: Another major factor affecting the payroll is the place where you are employed. As most of the CNAs usually work in different hospitals, care centers, nursing homes and health homes, here are some few estimates of salary for them.
Nursing homes and care centers provide long term care facilities, so CNAs employed there are paid about $10-$13 hourly. For home aides the hourly pay is $8-$11 as they are controlled by private companies and you have to travel from one patient to another. As for working in a hospital, it will be of more advantage because you are acquired by different assignments, so you encounter variety of procedures and that’s why you are paid more than any other employer from $11-$15 hourly.
Now that you know the factors that may affect you salary, let us talk about the basic average hourly and annual salary that a CNA earn in overall nation as well as in different states.
According to the United Stated Bureau of Labor Statistics, for May 2015, annual average wage earned by a CNA was $26,820 and the wage earned hourly had an average of $12.90 with the total of 1,420,570 employees working as a CNA. 90% of the CNAs earned up to $36,890, 75% employees earned $30,530, 50% earned an average of $25,710, 25% make it up to $21,780 and 10% of the nursing assistants made over $19,390 annually.
Salary of a CNA varies with employer and experience. The nursing assistant working in private hospitals and care centers are paid up to $12.10 whereas the CNA working for federal government are paid up to $13.50 hourly. Along with salary many employers also provide some benefits for their employees like health insurance and retirement plans. So it is clear that working for the federal government would be more beneficial than working for private facilities.
Wages by States
Here is a refined table that will provide the average annual and hourly based salary according to the United Stated Bureau of Labor Statistics, as per May 2015.