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State Tested Nurses Aide (STNA) Salary

State Tested Nurses Aides in the United States take home approximately $10.17 per hour on average. Compensation ranges between $8.69 per hour and $13.00. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Although more than half lack health benefits of any kind, over a third do enjoy medical insurance, and just under a third get dental coverage, too. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Female State Tested Nurses Aides far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents.

$8.69 - $13.00

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$8.69 - $13.00  
$0.33 - $18.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0.00 - $494.93  
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).
$18,149 - $28,001  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 317

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Job Description for State Tested Nurses Aide (STNA)

  • Help with showers and baths.
  • Assist with travel to the bathroom.
  • Facilitate activities of daily living by assisting with serving meals, feeding patients as necessary, ambulating, turning, and positioning patients.
  • Assist with maintaining patients' personal hygiene by giving bedpans, urinals, baths, backrubs, shampoos, and shaves.
  • Provide fresh water and nourishment between meals.

State Tested Nurses Aide (STNA) Job Listings

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Survey takers who work as State Tested Nurses Aides report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Home Health/Home Care, Long Term Care, Elder Care, and Assisted Living are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Assisted Living and Elder Care.

Pay by Experience Level for State Tested Nurses Aide (STNA)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

For State Tested Nurses Aides, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $23K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $21K. On average, State Tested Nurses Aides make $23K following one to two decades on the job. State Tested Nurses Aides who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $26K.

Pay Difference by Location

For those looking to make money, State Tested Nurses Aides in Cleveland enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 12 percent above the national average. State Tested Nurses Aides will also find cushy salaries in Cincinnati (+9 percent) and Dayton (+5 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, Mansfield is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Youngstown and Akron (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects State Tested Nurses Aide (STNA) Salaries

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Skills That Affect State Tested Nurses Aide (STNA) Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.


87 %
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 37% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 59%