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Top 10 Best and Worst States to be a CNA

Top 10 Best and Worst States to be a CNA

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There is a projected need for 393,000 CNAs needed in the United States by 2016. CNAs are one of the most in demand professions in America, but with so many job openings, it begs the question: Where should you work? NursingLink is committed to providing its members with the most most pertinent career research available. Below is the 10 best and worst places to be a CNA based on starting salary and job openings.


Top 10 Best Paying States for CNAs

State Salary (hourly)
1. Alaska $14.36
2. New York $13.63
3. Connecticut $13.54
4. Massachusetts $12.77
5. Hawaii $12.53
6. District of Columbia  $12.47
7. Maryland $12.47
8. Delaware $12.32
9. New Hampshire $12.24
10. Nevada $12.23

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    MichaelHertkorn

    over 1 year ago

    1056 comments

    I sympathize with the CNA's. I'm a nursing student and it's the first thing we learned, to be and do CNA work and I agree that CNA's are highly underpaid and underappreciated.

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    nikkima03

    over 1 year ago

    2 comments

    Im an stna in Ohio, I make 8.50 an hour.. It sucks I took the class, passed a test and I make the same as someone working at McDonalds!!!

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    workingclassunite1

    over 1 year ago

    2 comments

    I can't believe how undervalued CNAs are. It is some of the hardest work I've ever done. I am a career changer and have been in administration before. I had no idea. Many people in administration treats you like you're an idiot. Unbelievable. I wish everyone in the medical field had to do the job for even 1 40 hour week. See what it's like.

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    Texasgirl4life

    over 1 year ago

    2 comments

    I work in Tacoma WA making 21.00 dollars an hour, I started off in a nursing home and then to a hospital. Now I work in an out patient clinic making 21 dollars an hour still as a cna out pt horray try to get into an out pt setting if your hospitals have specialties clinics am in a infusion one.

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    Rachel12482

    over 1 year ago

    2 comments

    I am a CNA in Southern Utah. I am making $9.60 an hour in a long term care facility . I feed dependent residents, bathe, toilet, etc. Utah has to be the most underpaid state. Even as a server I made $2.13 an hour plus tips. This is ridiculous.

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    crob85

    over 1 year ago

    2 comments

    In MI I am making almost $17.00 and I have a cousin works at a prison hospital as a CNA making around $19.00 ...I wanted to move out of this place but the pay in other states just doesnt seem worth it!

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    bambam87

    almost 2 years ago

    2 comments

    I believe ga is the worst state for cna they pay only 8.00. I heated
    TN pay atleast 12. I might need to move asap.

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    Necole4851

    almost 2 years ago

    2 comments

    I work as a CNA in sanford NC and I've been on my job 12yrs and I'm just making 9.25 and hour doing private duty... But currently I'm drawing unemployment because my job has no clients on fill in work...I refuse to work at a rest home because they pay you less and you do tripple the work... CNAS don't get the pay they deserve and I don't see it getting any better.

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    miacarter007

    about 2 years ago

    2 comments

    I am residing in NY at present and planning to move to Alaska in a month. I was a bit worried about the payscale, but as suggested by this site and another site named http://www.cnaclasseshelp.com/, I feel the hourly wages are almost at par in both the states. So I probably need not worry.

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    jessb

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    I currently live in pennsylvania and i work as a CNA in new jersey (not to far from where i live) i just got my certification in december 2011 and im making 13.50 during the week and 14.50 on the weekends.

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    kitia404

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    I don't agree with the scale above.........I've been a CNA a lil over 14yrs and i'll be very honest i don't take a job paying me less than 12 hrly. My last job in AZ @ a hospitlal 13 In my opinion nursing homes pay a lil more i've made anywhere form 15-17 dollars an hr(but with more back breaking work)............BUT now i'm here in GA and OMG i'm sooooo ready to leave this god forsaken state, what they wanna pay cna's here is an insult!!!! .............I should've stayed where is was......Now i'm thinking about going for MA

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    411Patience

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    I live in Kansas and I've been a CNA for 16 years. And I only make just over two dollars more than I made when I first started 16 years ago. Here in Kansas we are over worked and under paid, with nowhere to turn but to another job to make up the amount that we could of been making at our other job. The cost of living has went up, but our pay has stayed the same.

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    creatingchloe

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    There is a large amount of ignorance as to what a CNA's current job description is. Most people believe that the only duty of a certified nursing assistant is to assist with toileting which is one of the most important duties a cna has. It's also why so many people are in nursing homes. Their own family members are not equipped to deal with the issue. Imagine if we weren't there. A nurse would not do this. We are there to feed those that can't feed themselves. We are there to exercise those that can't move for themselves preventing pressure sores. CNA's are there to observe, record and report any changes in a person's behavior. We are there to promote independence and mobility. We are there to provide CPR when needed, emotional support, end of life care and after death care. We record nutritional intake, vitals and weights. CNA are direct caregivers. We are sometimes a patient's advocate. The position of a certified nursing assistant deserves a higher pay scale than what is proposed in any of these states.

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    hadassa

    almost 3 years ago

    2 comments

    The worse state to work as a CNA or in the nursing field all together is ARIZONA. They will falsely accuse any one very quickly. Nurses as nasty @ 95 % of the time with CNA S..and don t appreciate any thing but sitting on their lazy fat derriere telling the CNAS how to be a CNA when in the first place, they are not nurses at all, but just someone who gives medication and paper work. The true nurses are THE CNA S. Nurses use their power to defame , discriminate, falsely accuse, abuse, arrases, and make cnas loosing their job or licences with no mercy what so ever. Again, Arizona is a nightmare for CNAS and nurses. I am going to leave this place very soon, I want to vomit when it comes to think of the state law of AZ. Their is no freedom in AZ. For the few good nurses I have seen, they think the same way I do, and are over worked as well, while being fired as easy as CNA S, just because another nasty evil nurse did not like them, and it is not even job related. Reva is right, let see when those evil people end up in a nursing home, losing their mind and wiping their own face with their bowel movement in their face, lol

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