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 $10.65 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $8.88 per hour and $13.21. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. Most State Tested Nursing Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. A majority of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, roughly two in five report medical coverage and about a third claim dental coverage as well. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$14,159 - $34,521
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$14K
$20K
$35K
MEDIAN: $19,963
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$8.88 - $13.21
(Median)
$8
$11
$13
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$14,159 - $34,521  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $99.37  
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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$18,426 - $28,789  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.88 - $13.21  
   
Overtime
$1.50 - $19.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $99.37  
   
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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$18,426 - $28,789  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,350
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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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At the upper end, State Tested Nursing Assistants who move into a Registered Nurse role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Registered Nurses is a much higher $55K per year. A State Tested Nursing Assistant often moves on to become a Licensed Practical Nurse or a State Tested Nurses Aide.

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State Tested Nursing Assistants will find the worst pay at HCR ManorCare, where the median salary crawls in at $21K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $25K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)


State Tested Nursing Assistants report using a wide range 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Home Health/Home Care. It is often found that people who know Elder Care are also skilled 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $21K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $23K. State Tested Nursing Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $24K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $25K.

Pay Difference by Location


For State Tested Nursing Assistants, busy Dayton offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 8 percent above 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). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Mansfield. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Lima (10 percent lower) and Youngstown (7 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

Rehabilitation
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Long Term Care
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Elder Care
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Assisted Living
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National Average
$22,000

Home Health/Home Care
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 183 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

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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