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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 $10.48 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.77 per hour and $13.11. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the particular employer. Although the greater part lack health benefits of any kind, just over two-fifths do enjoy medical insurance, and one-third get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) Salary (?
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$14,174 - $30,000
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State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) Salary (?
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$8.77 - $13.11
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National Salary Data

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$0$10K$20K$30K
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$14,174 - $30,000  
   
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$0.00 - $100.56  
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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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$18,206 - $28,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.77 - $13.11  
   
Overtime
$1.46 - $19.55  
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $100.56  
   
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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$18,206 - $28,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,036
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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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At the upper end, State Tested Nursing Assistants who move into a Registered Nurse role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Registered Nurses is $55K per year. A common career progression for a State Tested Nursing Assistant is to become a Licensed Practical Nurse or a Medical Assistant. Compared to State Tested Nursing Assistants, the first group earns $15K more on average, and the second group earns $5K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)

HCR ManorCare doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $21K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $23K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Popular Skills for State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)

Survey results show that State Tested Nursing Assistants use a fair number of skills. 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 5 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Assisted Living. 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.
State Tested Nursing Assistants do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $21K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $22K. State Tested Nursing Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $24K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $25K.

Pay Difference By Location

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For those looking to make money, State Tested Nursing Assistants in Cincinnati enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 9 percent above the national average. State Tested Nursing Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cleveland (+6 percent), Dayton (+5 percent), Akron (+3 percent), and Toledo (+2 percent). Mansfield is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Lima and Wooster (8 percent less).

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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

Hospice Care
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Long Term Care
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$22,000
Home Health/Home Care
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Assisted Living
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
92%
female alumni
 
Male
8%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 56%