Most State Tested Nursing Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $11.19 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by geography and experience level. Slightly more than half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, just over two-fifths report medical coverage and one in three claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$13,875 - $33,246
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MEDIAN: $21,500
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$9.40 - $13.68
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$13,875 - $33,246  
   
Bonus
$0.88 - $622  
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$19,546 - $29,609  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$9.40 - $13.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25  
Overtime
$7.15 - $19.57  
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.88 - $622  
   
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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$19,546 - $29,609  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,660
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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Registered Nurse. The latter position pays an average of $56K annually. The most common promotion for State Tested Nursing Assistants is Licensed Practical Nurse, a position that typically pays $38K annually. Another standard transition for State Tested Nursing Assistants seeking advancement is to assume a State Tested Nurses Aide role, where pay is often $22K.

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Altercare, HCR ManorCare, Otterbein Retirement Community, National Church Residences, and Carespring are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of State Tested Nursing Assistants. For State Tested Nursing Assistants, comfortable salaries can be found at Diversicare; in fact, median earnings sit around $29K, the highest in the area. Other big spenders include Carespring, Trilogy Health Services, LLC, and Altercare, top-paying firms where State Tested Nursing Assistants see paychecks nearing $27K, $25K, or $25K.

Workers at HCR ManorCare, Otterbein Retirement Community, and Genesis HealthCare also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $22K, $23K, and $23K respectively.

Popular Skills for State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)


Survey results show that State Tested Nursing Assistants use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Rehabilitation, Hospice Care, Acute Care, and Assisted Living are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like CPR and stna. Most people familiar with 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.


For many State Tested Nursing Assistants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $22K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $24K. On average, State Tested Nursing Assistants make $25K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $26K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $23,579

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Home to some of the best pay for State Tested Nursing Assistants, Cincinnati offers exceptional salaries, 7 percent above the national average. State Tested Nursing Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Dayton (+5 percent) and Columbus (+2 percent). In Mansfield, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Marion (12 percent less) and Tiffin (11 percent less).

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
$24,000


Skills That Affect State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) Salaries


Acute Care
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Hospice Care
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Assisted Living
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Long Term Care
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Elder Care
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National Average
$24,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 157 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
medical benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 54%
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