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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 $10.59 per hour. Pay generally varies between $8.84 per hour and $13.16. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by career duration and the specific company. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and over one-half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than two-fifths and dental coverage is claimed by nearly one-third. Most State Tested Nursing Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$14,159 - $34,521
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$8.84 - $13.16
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$14,159 - $34,521  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $99.43  
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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$18,328 - $28,786  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.84 - $13.16  
   
Overtime
$1.49 - $19.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $99.43  
   
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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$18,328 - $28,786  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,207

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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 who transition into a Registered Nurse role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $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)


The lowest salaries can be found at HCR ManorCare — median pay is $21K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $19K and only reaching $24K.

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, skills in Hospice Care, Acute Care, Long Term Care, and Elder Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Elder Care are similarly competent 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.


For many State Tested Nursing Assistants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $21K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $23K. State Tested Nursing Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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


Home to some of the best pay for State Tested Nursing Assistants, Dayton offers exceptional salaries, 9 percent above the national average. State Tested Nursing Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Cincinnati (+8 percent), Cleveland (+4 percent), Columbus (+2 percent), and Akron (+2 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Mansfield. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Lima (9 percent lower) and Wooster (8 percent lower).

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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



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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 181 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: 42% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 55%
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