Entry-Level Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Certified Nurse Assistants is around $11.23 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one-half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by just under a half and dental coverage is claimed by over a third. There are far more female Entry-Level Certified Nurse Assistants who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 90 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$14,252 - $37,531
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$24K
$38K
MEDIAN: $23,553
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$9.09 - $14.39
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$0$37K
Salary $14,252 - $37,531
Bonus $0.00 - $1,037
Profit Sharing $2.14 - $4,027
Commission $100
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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$18,868 - $31,030
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 May 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,425
Hourly Data $0$21
Hourly Rate $9.09 - $14.39
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $4.79
Overtime $6.26 - $21.39
Annual Data $0$31K
Bonus $0.00 - $1,037
Commission $100
Profit Sharing $2.14 - $4,027
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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$18,868 - $31,030
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 May 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 31,001

Job Description for Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

Certified nurse assistants (CNAs) provide care to patients, often in facilities such as nursing homes. They generally assist patients with basic needs, such as bathing, dressing, mobility, positioning, eating, and grooming, among other things. They often care for multiple patients who have a variety of health needs and personal abilities, so it is important for nurse assistants to be knowledgeable of the types of care which should be administered and sensitive to the needs of individual patients.

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Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Tasks

  • 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.
  • 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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Entry-Level Certified Nurse Assistants include HCR ManorCare, Genesis HealthCare, Life Care Centers of America, Home Health and Hospice Care, and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. Although salaries only range from $21K to just $36K, ManorCare still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $26K. Entry-Level Certified Nurse Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks at HCR ManorCare ($24K), Kindred Healthcare ($24K), and Genesis HealthCare ($24K).

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $17K to just $25K — but Nursing Centers offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $20K. Also approaching the lower end are Home Health and Hospice Care at $20K, NHC Healthcare at $20K, and Emeritus, Assisted Living at $21K.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Job Listings

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $23,606

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Certified Nurse Assistants in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Certified Nurse Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+17 percent), Las Vegas (+12 percent), New York (+10 percent), and Phoenix (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Tampa (5 percent lower) and Jacksonville (4 percent lower).

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Fairhaven:
I would say make sure you feel compassion for people in general. Have patience for the job. You should be payed for your experience.Go on to be a nurse. If you like the Nursing field. When you get in your 60's CNA work can become very difficult.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Derby:
"No raises, no 401k."
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Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Brownsburg:
"No direct deposit of funds."
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Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Toccoa:
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Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Philadelphia:
"Certified nurse assistant."
Use this job only for experance.dont stay long in this field .go on to be a real nurse so you can make good money.this is a real dirty job must of the time.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Winston-Salem:
"Ways to advance within the hospital."

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Bridgeport:
"How satisfying it would be."
I would explain how humbling and satisfying the job is.

Key Stats for Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2961 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
15%

Skills That Affect Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Salaries

▲7%


Operating Room / OR
▲6%



▲4%

▲3%

Labor & Delivery, Birthing
▲3%

▲2%


National Average
$24,000

Geriatrics
▼1%

▼2%


Nutrition
▼2%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2961 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 46%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
no benefits
None: 50%