State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) Salary

The larger portion of State Tested Nursing Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $10.78 per hour. Compensation ranges between $8.99 per hour and $13.30. While tenure and the individual firm impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. While over one-half report receiving no health benefits, just over a half do receive medical coverage, and over a third have dental, as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$14,035 - $35,503
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$14K
$22K
$36K
MEDIAN: $21,555
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$8.99 - $13.30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$14,035 - $35,503  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $102.77  
Profit Sharing
$247.50  
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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$18,674 - $29,012  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 37
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.99 - $13.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.21  
Overtime
$4.05 - $19.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $102.77  
   
Profit Sharing
$247.50  
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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$18,674 - $29,012  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,696
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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 progress into high-paying roles like Registered Nurse, where median compensation is $55K annually. Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse or a State Tested Nurses Aide is often the next step for a State Tested Nursing Assistant.

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Popular Employer Salaries for State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)


With a median salary of $23K, Altercare offers State Tested Nursing Assistants the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $18K and are capped at $27K.

Popular Skills for State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)


Survey results show that State Tested Nursing Assistants use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Rehabilitation, Hospice Care, Acute Care, and Elder Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. Most people who know Elder Care also know 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $21K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $23K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $25K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $26K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $22,672

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For State Tested Nursing Assistants, working in the bustling city of Cincinnati has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. State Tested Nursing Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Dayton (+7 percent) and Cleveland (+3 percent). The lowest-paying market is Mansfield, which sits 12 percent below the national average. Employers in Lima and Youngstown also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) Reviews

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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Experience Affects State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) Salaries




National Average
$23,000


Skills That Affect State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) Salaries

Rehabilitation
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Elder Care
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Long Term Care
up arrow 1%

National Average
$23,000

Assisted Living
up arrow 1%

Home Health/Home Care
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 216 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 44%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
medical benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 53%
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