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

State Tested Nursing Assistants in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $10.40 per hour for pay. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.71 per hour to $13.00. Geography and career length 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, more than two-fifths have medical insurance and nearly one in three receive dental plans. For the most part, State Tested Nursing Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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 (?
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: 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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State Tested Nursing Assistants may go on to top-notch roles like Registered Nurse, where median pay is $55K annually. Career advancement for the typical State Tested Nursing Assistant often leads to becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse or a Medical Assistant; median salaries in these positions are $15K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)

State Tested Nursing Assistants report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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. Most people who know 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.
State Tested Nursing Assistants do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. State Tested Nursing Assistants in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $21K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $22K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $24K. As State Tested Nursing Assistants reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average sum in this group is $25K. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a majority of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

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For those looking to make money, State Tested Nursing Assistants in Cincinnati enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 8 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Cleveland, Akron, Dayton, and Toledo, where State Tested Nursing Assistants typically earn around 7 percent, 3 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent more than usual. The lowest-paying market is Mansfield, which sits 12 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Lima (8 percent less) and Wooster (7 percent less).

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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

Hospice Care
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Long Term Care
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Elder Care
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$22,000
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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%