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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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    kitia404

    almost 3 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

    almost 3 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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    genman

    almost 3 years ago

    62 comments

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    creatingchloe

    about 3 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

    about 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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    Reva1216

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I have been a CNA for going on 9 yrs and I make 10.50 an hour (which is an insult) because I'm the one cleaning the feces,talking with the lonely resident's and making sure all there needs are met.while the nurse who simply walks in and hands them a pill make double if not triple what I make!!! I think there is something wrong with this picture..as a CNA I get treated like I'm a nobody Daily at work by superior staff simply because my tag reads CNA but I'm the one doing the "real work"..I don't see my administrator wiping anyone's butt or getting a bedpan for any patient...I really think wages need to depend on how much u actually do for the patients...I just can't wait til the one's who think nothing of a CNA end up in a nursing home themselves!!

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    HEALTHWORKER

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    HOW CAN A BUSSINESS EXCEPT THESE PEOPLE THAT GIVE SOOOOOOO MUCH OF THEM SELF, CANNOT HARDLY EAT, FEED AND CLOTH THEIR CHILDREN,BECAUSE OF A JOB TITLE{CNA} BUT TO THE PERSON AND IF THEY ARE BLESSED ENOUGH TO HAVE A LOVING FAMILY : YOUR VERY IMPORTANT MAYBE EACH STATE NEED A UNION FOR CNA'S. I DONT HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS, BUT I DO KNOW SOMETHING HAS GOT TO BE DONE BEFORE ONE DAY THERE IS NO ONE TO GET THE BED PAN OR WIPE THE FECES OFF MOTHER /FATHER /SICK CHILD/ARE MAYBE EVEN YOURSELF .....THEY DO SO MUCH .THE ONES THAT CARES.....AND THE ONES THAT DONT ....THEY JUST DONT..... BUT MANAGEMENT SEEMS TO LOVE THE ONES {CNA 'S} THAT DONT CARE.....I DONT KNOW PEOPLE.......HELP R.N./MONTGOMERY , AL

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    kelly92

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    ewwww!! i work in new mexico and making only $8.60 an hour. the nursing home i work at is surely running down. we are being treated like dirt and are expected to do all the nurses job. ugh! so glad i put in my two weeks notice!

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    DHar001

    about 4 years ago

    4 comments

    This article would be more helpful if you could compare all the listed criteria state by state. Is there a full reference with each state listed that has each category: Pay; & Available Jobs for CNA's

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    Account Removed

    over 4 years ago

    I live in small town in massachusetts, and I've worked as a cna for almost 2 years. Im now at the local hospital. I make 12.15 an hour and because I work nights I get a bonus of 2.25 plus an extra dollar for working weekends. So I actually make 14.40 on weekdays, and 15.40 on the weekends. I was thinking about relocating but after finding this site I think I'll stay put for now...

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    jmilks2004

    over 4 years ago

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    I live in Florida in between Tampa and Orlando. The cost of living average for the state of Florida is 100. But for some unknown reason according to our local government website based on the same scale that is used in the state. Our local cost of living fluctuates from 175 to 251.8. Here are some examples of other Cities in the USA, * New York, NY -164.50, * Long Beach, CA -135.71, * Palo Alto, CA -234.42, * Boston, MA -127.60, * Malibu, CA -492.80, * San Francisco, -187.23, * Greenwich, CT 215
    * Chicago, IL -126.45, * Dallas Tx -92,94, * Atlanta Ga -112.21, * Tampa 94.60, * Orlando metro-94.0.

    2. New York $13.63 is the average for CNA's according to this article, and there cost of living for New York City is 164.50. The area were I live the base pay average is $9.78 per hour with our cost of living of 175 to 251.8. Could this explain why Florida is under a major population decrees as well as being one of the leaders in homes being foreclosed along with one of the nations highest unemployment rates.

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    npalmer

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I live in Michigan an I have been a CNA for 6 years. I work at the hospital making $13.66. And I work part time at a nursing home making $12.75.

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    TammySurran

    about 5 years ago

    26 comments

    I thought I was doing alright here in Missouri...I currently make $8.39 an hour. Then I saw the list for the ten best...Alaska sure is beautiful!! I wish it wasn't so expensive to live there....

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    Account Removed

    about 5 years ago

    Hoorah! for Alaska. I think $14.36 it an excellent start, but don't forget that these states with the high paying jobs have a higher cost of living. So examine your options carefully.

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    Nursing_Assistant

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I live in Nevada and am getting paid $10.10/hr, but this is my first CNA job, so I guess I can't complain. I know that the company I work for does start you off at more per hour if you have experience.

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