Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Salary

The average pay for a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) is $10.84 per hour. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Telemetry, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and Emergency Room (ER). Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

$14,948 - $37,725
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MEDIAN: $24,334
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$8.70 - $14.56
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$14,948 - $37,725  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $398.32  
Profit Sharing
$0.33 - $1,523  
Commission
$0.00 - $1,192  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,162 - $31,522  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,425
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.70 - $14.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.15  
Overtime
$4.10 - $21.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $398.32  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $1,192  
Profit Sharing
$0.33 - $1,523  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,162 - $31,522  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 29,321

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Job Description for Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is an health medical professional that works in a variety of healthcare environments, including hospitals, nursing homes, retirement communities, and physician offices. CNAs generally work under the supervision of a registered nurse, performing direct patient care tasks. Job duties of a CNA may include taking patient vital signs, assisting with activities of daily living (bathing, eating, and mobility), administering medications, and attending to patient needs. The CNA reports any changes in patient condition to the registered nurse for further assessment. To be employed as a CNA, one must first complete a technical program to learn the skills necessary to be successful in the field. Coursework in a CNA program includes basic anatomy, pharmacology, and nursing skills. Programs generally range in length from 6 months to 1 year. After completion of a formal program, the title CNA is earned via passing a state certification exam. To be successful as a CNA, several qualities are needed. A good CNA must be organized, efficient, and able to multi-task. Attention to details is key. The job, although indoors, requires some physical ability. The strength to lift and move adult patients is required. CNAs generally work the same schedule as other health care personnel, either five 8-hour shifts per week or three 12-hour shifts per week. Hours can vary, and may include nights, weekends and holidays. Overall, a career as a CNA is a perfect choice for career stability and those dedicated to helping others.


Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Tasks

  • Position, feed, bathe, dress and assist patients with grooming and other tasks.
  • Observe patients' conditions, measure and record food and liquid intake and output and vital signs, and report changes to professional staff.
  • Assists with direct patient care under the supervision of the RN or other medical professionals.
  • Provide patients with help walking, exercising, and moving in and out of bed.

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What is it like working as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)?

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Hastings:
"Serve them fast."
Pros: I love being able to make a resident feel good with teeth brushed, their nails clipped, lotion to relieve dry skin, conversation about their families and histories.
Cons: The paperwork, whether on the computer or charted in binders is very time-consuming if done correctly. We are expected to work fast in order to keep on a schedule. As a part time worker I have not achieved the necessary speed or efficiency. I don't like seeing corners cut in terms of resident care in order to keep to a schedule.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Gettysburg:
"I love working and helping the residents."
Pros: Talking to the residents making them feel better. Giving them extremely good care. Doing the little extra that needs to be done. Coming back to work when you had a few days off and someone has improved .
Cons: Seeing people die, and suffer specially the younger ones. The ones that come with cancer and suffer.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Decatur:
"Great starter job, in need of a new scenery."
Pros: I love helping the 40+ people I see on a daily basis, I just wish I got paid as well as all the hard work I put in.
Cons: I feel I work harder than the other 10 employees that work on the floor with me, and I feel I give more love and appreciation to caring for those in need.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Columbia:
"Hard Work."
Pros: You get to help people and rehabilitate them so they can return home.
Cons: You work harder than everyone else and make less money.

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Experience Affects Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Salaries




National Average
$23,000


Skills That Affect Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3811 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 48%