State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) Salary

Most State Tested Nursing Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $10.66 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $8.90 per hour and $13.20. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by tenure and the particular employer. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than half lack coverage. On the flip side, nearly two in five have medical insurance and around one in three receive dental plans. For the most part, State Tested Nursing Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$14,159 - $34,521

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$8.90 - $13.20

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$14,159 - $34,521  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $99.89  
Total Pay (?
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$18,458 - $28,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.90 - $13.20  
   
Overtime
$1.51 - $19.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $99.89  
   
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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$18,458 - $28,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,386
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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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As State Tested Nursing Assistants transition into upper-level roles such as Registered Nurse, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Registered Nurses earn $55K on average per year. State Tested Nursing Assistants typically move into roles as Licensed Practical Nurses or Medical Assistants, and those positions pay $15K more and $5K more, respectively.

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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 $25K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Popular Skills for State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)


Survey results suggest that State Tested Nursing Assistants use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Rehabilitation, Hospice Care, Acute Care, and Elder Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. Most people experienced in 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for State Tested Nursing Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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. On average, State Tested Nursing Assistants make $24K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $25K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For State Tested Nursing Assistants, Dayton provides a pay rate that is 8 percent greater than the national average. State Tested Nursing Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cincinnati (+7 percent), Cleveland (+3 percent), Columbus (+2 percent), and Sandusky (+1 percent). Mansfield is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Lima and Youngstown (10 percent lower and 7 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
$22,000


Skills That Affect State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) Salaries

Rehabilitation
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Long Term Care
up arrow 2%

Elder Care
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Assisted Living
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National Average
$22,000

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 184 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 41% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 56%
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