Women comprise the majority of State Tested Nursing Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $11.23 per hour on average. While geography and tenure impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Some workers in this field — slightly more than half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by just over two-fifths and dental plans are enjoyed by over a third. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$0$11K$22K$33K
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$13,987 - $32,520  
   
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$0.85 - $700  
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$19,700 - $29,645  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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$9.19 - $19.57  
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$0$14K$28K$42K
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$19,700 - $29,645  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,726

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Job Description for State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)

A state tested nursing assistant (STNA) holds an entry-level position in the medical field. STNAs work in a variety of medical settings, including hospitals, retirement homes, and as home health aides. The education requirements vary depending on the state, but typically includes a high school diploma or equivalent, a 100-hour training program and additional instruction in CPR and first aid. Many states also require a supervised clinical rotation before certification.

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State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) Tasks

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)


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State Tested Nursing Assistants who go on to become Registered Nurses may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Registered Nurses is $56K annually. Going from State Tested Nursing Assistant to Licensed Practical Nurse is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $38K. Many others choose to work as State Tested Nurses Aides, where pay is typically $22K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)


Dominating the field, Altercare, HCR ManorCare, Saber Healthcare, Otterbein Retirement Community, and National Church Residences are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of State Tested Nursing Assistants. The biggest paychecks can be found at Diversicare — the median salary there is $29K. Also paying near the top of the field are Carespring at $27K, Trilogy Health Services, LLC at $25K, and Altercare, where State Tested Nursing Assistants annually earn $25K.

Offering a median of only $22K, HCR ManorCare pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $18K on the lower end and $39K on the higher end. Employees at Saber Healthcare, Otterbein Retirement Community, and Genesis HealthCare can also expect below-average earnings of $22K, $23K, and $23K.

Popular Skills for State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)


State Tested Nursing Assistants report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Rehabilitation, Hospice Care, Acute Care, and Long Term Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include CPR and stna. For most people, competency in Elder Care indicates knowledge of Home Health/Home Care.

Pay by Experience Level for State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)

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


For State Tested Nursing Assistants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $22K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $24K. State Tested Nursing Assistants see a median salary of $25K after reaching one to two decades on the job. State Tested Nursing Assistants who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $26K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $23,640

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For State Tested Nursing Assistants, busy Cincinnati offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 7 percent above the national average. State Tested Nursing Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Dayton (+5 percent) and Medina (+3 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Mansfield, 16 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Lima and Canton (10 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)?

State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) in Cleveland:
"It just wonderful."
Pros: The thing I like most about my job is helping my elders, and just giving them a peace of mind.
Cons: There isn't one thing I don't like about my job.

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Key Stats for State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 174 votes.
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Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) Salaries




National Average
$24,000


Skills That Affect State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) Salaries





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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 174 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 54%
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