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

Women comprise the majority of State Tested Nursing Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $10.40 per hour on average. Compensation starts at $8.71 per hour and can reach $13.00. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits—more than half lack coverage. On the flip side, 42 percent have medical insurance and about a third receive dental plans. Most State Tested Nursing Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
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  
Total Pay (?
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$18,119 - $28,335  
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  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$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  
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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Compensation may increase greatly for State Tested Nursing Assistants who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Registered Nurse may make an additional $33K per year than lower-end positions. State Tested Nursing Assistants can earn $15,011 or $5,123 more per year when they move into roles as Licensed Practical Nurses or Medical Assistants, a common transition for those in the field.

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Popular Skills for State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)

Survey results suggest that State Tested Nursing Assistants put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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. Those educated in Elder Care tend to be well-versed in 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. Early in their career, State Tested Nursing Assistants do not see a dramatic shift in salary; typically starting at $21K, pay reaches $22K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $24K. Though salary increases are not as strong, pay continues to grow slightly for State Tested Nursing Assistants after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $25K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in five 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 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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Surpassing the national average by 8 percent, State Tested Nursing Assistants in Cincinnati receive some of the highest pay in the country. State Tested Nursing Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Cleveland (+7 percent), Akron (+3 percent), Dayton (+3 percent), and Toledo (+3 percent). Mansfield is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. Workers in Lima and Wooster earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-8 percent and -7 percent).

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Experience Affects State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) Salaries

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$22,000

Skills That Affect State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) Salaries

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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%