Entry-Level Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Salary

Entry-Level Certified Nurse Assistants can expect to earn an average of $11.21 per hour. Location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — half lack coverage. On the flip side, slightly less than half have medical insurance and more than a third receive dental plans. Women account for the majority of Entry-Level Certified Nurse Assistants who took the survey — 90 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$14,265 - $37,095
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MEDIAN: $23,423
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$9.14 - $14.39
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$0$37K
Salary $14,265 - $37,095
Bonus $2.43 - $1,519
Profit Sharing $225.00
Commission $75.00
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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$18,960 - $31,046
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 818
Hourly Data $0$20
Hourly Rate $9.14 - $14.39
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $5.39
Overtime $6.80 - $20.94
Annual Data $0$31K
Bonus $2.43 - $1,519
Commission $75.00
Profit Sharing $225.00
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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$18,960 - $31,046
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 18,790

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)


HCR ManorCare, Genesis HealthCare, Life Care Centers of America, Home Health and Hospice Care, and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. are all popular places to work. Although salaries only range from $21K to just $36K, ManorCare still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $26K. Entry-Level Certified Nurse Assistants will also find cushy salaries at HCR ManorCare (+$24K), Kindred Healthcare (+$24K), and Genesis HealthCare (+$24K).

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $17K to just $25K — but Nursing Centers offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $20K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Home Health and Hospice Care at $20K, NHC Healthcare at $20K, and Emeritus, Assisted Living, where $21K is the norm.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $23,689

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Entry-Level Certified Nurse Assistants, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Certified Nurse Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+17 percent), Las Vegas (+12 percent), New York (+10 percent), and Phoenix (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Tampa and Jacksonville (4 percent less).

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in St. Paul:
"Mandation."
Mandation..had to stay at work when I was committed to caring for grandchildren at home after my scheduled shift. Job stress high due to workload, many extras, ie, serving meals, washing dishes, carried laundry across building, extra work load when colleague called in or no show. Learned to do many jobs at one time. Taught new hires, had most experience.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Memphis:
"Advancement opportunities to further your career."
Don't get stuck in just one position. Try to further your career, make sure your get the understanding of Patient Care.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Phoenix:
"Books not tell me everything."
Be compassionate, efficient, team player, savvy, enthusiastic and act like proffessional.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Cocoa:
"Respect."
Give your best at all you do , be respectful to managers and co-workers and most of all to the residents. Strive to be the best . Care for the residents like you would your own .

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Winter Haven:
"Ask a whole lot of questions first."
Dont hesitate to ask questions concerning your moving into different areas of your field. Explore as much as possible. Find the area that makes you happy and love going to your workplace knowing your goal daily is to make someone smile.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Manassas Park:
To check. Very well. The place. And. Make sure. They offer. A good paid. Because. The job. It's hard. Specially. Working. With. Special. Need patient.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Houston:
"How rewarding it was."
Work hard be respectful and ALWAYS HAVE A LOT OF LOVE IN YOUR HEART.

Key Stats for Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1900 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
15%
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Skills That Affect Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Salaries

▲6%

Operating Room / OR
▲6%




▲3%

▲3%

Labor & Delivery, Birthing
▲3%

▲1%


National Average
$24,000

Geriatrics
▼1%

▼2%



Nutrition
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1900 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 46%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
no benefits
None: 51%
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