Licensed Practical Nurses earn the highest median pay at about $19.02 per hour, followed by Receptionists ($11.14), Certified Nurse Assistants ($10.80), and Medication Aides (approximately $10.71). On the lower end are Servers at $9.45 on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $18.11 per hour) can be spotted in Milwaukee, Wisc.; Richmond, Va. (about $17.25), Austin, Texas (around $15.78), and Cleveland, Ohio ($14.00) are the next top-paying cities. Greensboro, N.C. is near the bottom for pay at approximately $11.14. The highest pay by state can be found in Ohio, where pay average out at $13.75 per hour.
Years of Experience
Average pay is $12.39 per hour for those with five to nine years of experience. The greater proportion of employees (45 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of about $11.79 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Basic Life Support Specialist certainly has its perks — salaries approach $22.44 per hour and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. The highest-paying degree here is a Master of Education (MEd); Brookdale Senior Living Inc. awards $40.00 to these degree-holders.
When it comes to skills, Geriatrics seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of approximately $19.60 per hour. Folks here also tend to know Elder Care; on the survey, over a third of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Other skills in demand are Long Term Care, Home Health/Home Care, and Customer Service.
Employees who participated in the survey skew strongly female, with a female-to-male ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
A majority of respondents allocate some part of their earnings to the company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for a majority of survey participants, and more than half of workers report receiving dental coverage as well. The list of perks also includes life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, stock options, and free drinks.