Entry-Level Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Salary

Entry-Level Certified Nurse Assistants take home an average $11.08 per hour. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Certified Nurse Assistants bottoms out near $19K and approaches $31K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $1K from bonuses and almost $15K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to one-half lack any form of coverage — but slightly less than one-half have medical insurance, and over a third have dental, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women account for the majority of Entry-Level Certified Nurse Assistants who took the survey — 90 percent to be exact. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14,268 - $36,333
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$23K
$36K
MEDIAN: $23,236
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$9.04 - $14.23
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$14,268 - $36,333  
   
Bonus
$2.40 - $1,206  
Profit Sharing
$2.07 - $14,899  
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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$18,764 - $30,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 818
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$9.04 - $14.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.72  
Overtime
$6.20 - $20.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$2.40 - $1,206  
   
Commission
$75.00  
Profit Sharing
$2.07 - $14,899  
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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$18,764 - $30,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18,360

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Leading companies who hire large numbers of Entry-Level Certified Nurse Assistants include HCR ManorCare, Genesis HealthCare, Life Care Centers of America, Home Health and Hospice Care, and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. Although salaries only range from $21K to just $36K, ManorCare still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $26K. Also paying near the top of the field are HCR ManorCare at $24K, Kindred Healthcare at $24K, and Genesis HealthCare, where Entry-Level Certified Nurse Assistants annually earn $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. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Home Health and Hospice Care ($20K), NHC Healthcare ($20K), and Emeritus, Assisted Living ($21K).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $23,363

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Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Entry-Level Certified Nurse Assistants in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Certified Nurse Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+19 percent), Las Vegas (+14 percent), New York (+12 percent), and Phoenix (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 6 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Tampa and Jacksonville also lean toward paying below-median salaries (3 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 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 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 Pikeville:
"I love being a nurse aide , I love patient care."
Patient care is a very rewarding career, not only to you but to your patient.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Philadelphia:
"The goal to care is universal."
Wash you hands always, eat well, get rest and take the up most pride in what you do.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Glenwood:
"Compassion."
If u have patience and like working in a fast-paced job go for it it rewarding knowing you are helping them.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in United:
"Floating."
Always pay attention to your job & listen to your patients. Listen your authority, read all memos. Stay ahead of the game.

Key Stats for Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1620 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
15%
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Skills That Affect Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Salaries

▲8%


Operating Room / OR
▲7%



▲5%

▲4%

Labor & Delivery, Birthing
▲4%

▲3%


Geriatrics
▼0%

National Average
$23,000

▼1%


Nutrition
▼1%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1620 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 46%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
vision benefits
Vision: 31%
no benefits
None: 51%