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The Best States to Work as a CNA

Certified nursing assistants are in huge demand throughout the USA. As per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be 312,200 new openings for nurse aides by the year 2022. Despite this, many potential CNAs get confused as in which state to work? Well, all states offer different wages and have varying employment levels for these professionals. This article throws light on the best states to work as a CNA. Have a look.

The Best States for CNAs in Terms of Salary

On the basis of education and experience, the income of the certified nursing assistants differs from one state to other in the USA. Furthermore, your geographical location, the number of hours you render your duties, and the settings where you work (public or private) directly or indirectly influence the amount of your paycheck. As per the BLS, the average annual salary and hourly wages offered to nursing assistants in May 2013 were $26,020 and $12.51 respectively.

The following is the list of 5 states that offered highest salaries to the CNAs:

Rank Name of the State Salary (per annum) Salary (per hour)
5 Massachusetts $30,010 $14.43
4 Connecticut $31,950 $15.36
3 Nevada $32,130 $15.45
2 New York $32,130 $15.45
1 Alaska $35,440 $17.04

Information Source – The Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of May 2013)

The Best States for CNAs in Terms of Employment Level

Some states have tremendous job opportunities for nurse aides. This increases their chances of getting hired by the employers at a good salary. The best 5 states with highest employment levels are enlisted below.

Rank Name of the State Employment Employment (per 1000) Annual Salary Hourly Wages
5 Pennsylvania 74,520 13.27 $27,850 $13.39
4 Florida 85,910 11.53 $23,870 $11.48
3 Texas 86,630 7.94 $23,810 $11.45
2 California 97,420 6.62 $29,910 $14.38
1 New York 99,820 11.56 $32,130 $15.45

Information Source – The Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of May 2013)