State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) Salary

Most State Tested Nursing Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $10.78 per hour. Compensation ranges from $8.99 per hour on the lower end to $13.30 on the higher end. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and the specific company are driving factors as well. While a little over a half report receiving no health benefits, slightly more than half do receive medical coverage, and more than a third have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$14,035 - $35,503
(Median)
$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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For State Tested Nursing Assistants, progressing to a Registered Nurse role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Registered Nurse can earn $55K annually. A Licensed Practical Nurse or a State Tested Nurses Aide is a typical transition from a State Tested Nursing Assistant role.

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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)


State Tested Nursing Assistants report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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. 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)

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. 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. State Tested Nursing Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $25K. State Tested Nursing Assistants with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $26K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $22,672

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

With a pay rate for State Tested Nursing Assistants that is 7 percent greater than the national average, Cincinnati offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. State Tested Nursing Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Dayton (+7 percent) and Cleveland (+3 percent). Mansfield is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 10 percent less in Lima and 9 percent less in Youngstown, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
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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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