State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) Salary (United States)

Women make up the vast majority of State Tested Nursing Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $10.40 per hour. Pay starts at $8.71 per hour and can approach $13.00 on the higher side. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by 42 percent and dental insurance is reported by about a third. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most State Tested Nursing Assistants. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) Salary (?
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$14,165 - $30,639
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MEDIAN: $21,274
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State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) Salary (?
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$8.71 - $13.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$14,165 - $30,639  
   
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$0.00 - $101.15  
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$18,119 - $28,335  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.71 - $13.00  
   
Overtime
$1.44 - $19.22  
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$0$14K$28K$42K
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$0.00 - $101.15  
   
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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$18,119 - $28,335  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 949
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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
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)

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State Tested Nursing Assistants may experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Registered Nurse may bring in a lot more money — an additional $33K annually. Licensed Practical Nurses or Medical Assistants are common next-step roles for State Tested Nursing Assistants moving up in the field, where annual pay increases by $15,011 or $5,123, respectively.

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Popular Skills for State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Hospice Care and Acute Care are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Assisted Living. Most people familiar with Elder Care also know Home Health/Home Care.

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

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State Tested Nursing Assistants with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. Salaries go up slowly for those just starting out, crawling from $21K to $22K after five to 10 years in the field. Earnings total $24K after one to two decades. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job but they do accelerate at a slower rate, and State Tested Nursing Assistants tend to earn $25K at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 21 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 7 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; a majority of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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For State Tested Nursing Assistants, working in the bustling city of Cincinnati has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Cleveland, Akron, Dayton, and Toledo, top-paying markets where State Tested Nursing Assistants rake in more than the national norm (+7 percent, +3 percent, +3 percent, and +3 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Mansfield. Lima and Wooster are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -8 percent and -7 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) Salaries

National Average
$22,000

Skills That Affect State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) Salaries

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$22,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 164 votes.

Gender

Female
91%
female alumni
 
Male
9%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 56%
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