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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 Worst Paying States for CNAs

State Salary (hourly)
1. Missouri $9.40
2. Idaho $9.23
3. South Carolina  $9.22
4. Georgia $9.08
5. West Virginia $8.78
6. Alabama $8.76
7. Arkansas $8.74
8. Oklahoma $8.62
9. Mississippi $8.16
10. Louisiana $7.57

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    caregiver911

    over 1 year ago

    2 comments

    I am a CNA in Georgia at a LTCF and I make only 9.10 an hour and that is after 2 yearly raises . The pay is so low I can not even keep my bills paid . I have never worked so hard in my life for so little and with the section I work in we should also be getting hazard pay . We get hit . spit on , pinched , and everything else . I am in the process of trying to find something else be for I go crazy .

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    Shicole0177

    over 1 year ago

    2 comments

    WOW. Im a CNA in Tucson Arizona and i make 13.25 STARTING. After youve been a CNA for a year or 2 depending on what facility youre at, it goes up. Not to mention that if you work in the evenings you get a 50 cent shift differential.

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    MzKisha30

    over 1 year ago

    2 comments

    Well I'm curretly in Illinois, and I'm a DSP caregiver, which sucks. I'm currently looking into going back to school for a CNA certification. Which pay more than what im making, and im more so looking at the benefits. Which is very important to me. I've read everyone statements about CNA medical field, which I strongly agree with everyone. I just hope someone pays me $12-14 an hour.

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    detroitgurl

    over 1 year ago

    2 comments

    I make 13.84 an hour...2 dollars more on the weekends in Nashville Tn. I have been a CNA for 20 yrs. Started off making 7 an hr in MI. There are some decent paying places in TN...but they pay more per years of experience. Vanderbilt hospital pays the best starting around 12 plus...Grace healthcare pays 16. Does anyone here know of places or agencies in NYC that have good pay???I am moving in a few weeks have signed up with several nursing agencies there. I heard they start around 14 plus...but they do not pay for experience...any info would be greatly appreciated.

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    Janetjkj

    over 1 year ago

    2 comments

    Tennessee should be rated as one of the worst states for CNAs. They pay 7.50 to 10.00 an hour and you can make more working in retail or some fast food places. I love helping people but I have to work on the side because of no benefits etc. the are several home help agencies that use false info to hire and then you are stuck.

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    MichaelHertkorn

    over 1 year ago

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    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

    almost 2 years 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

    almost 2 years 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

    about 2 years 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

    about 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

    over 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

    over 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

    almost 3 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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