Factors Affecting CNA Salary

What with the slow down in the economy over the past few years and little bright light as of yet showing at the end of what is turning out to be a very long tunnel, service sector jobs have really taken a big hit in terms of job losses and hours being cut. Employed services personnel are often being retrenched, and for those who have been unfortunate enough to lose their jobs, often the only alternative is to go back to further education in a different career area.

There is one sector which is booming and that is in health care. The demand for qualified and experienced health care professionals goes from strength to strength, and will continue to do so. Thus for CNA’s (certified nursing assistants) and other health care professionals, not only do jobs abound but salaries are improving to boot.

There are various reasons why this is happening. Among them…

- people are generally more aware of the need for better health

- a rapidly aging population in North America, Canada, the UK and else where

- CNA programs tend to be fairly short in duration and often flexible too (CNA classes online), thus they are becoming much more popular

- job availability for CNA’s and other similar professions is at an all time high. Hospitals, nursing homes, adult care centers, long term health care units and various other health care units are all crying out for trained personnel

CNA training programs can sometimes be completed within as little as 3 or 4 weeks, which then leads to certification. Once some hands-on experience is gained, CNA’s can be looking to earn as much as $20,000 to $30,000 per annum ( Source) , depending on a number of factors.

For example, a qualified and experienced CNA in New York City will earn more than a CNA with the same qualifications and similar experience in somewhere like the suburbs of South Carolina. Further, the more experience the CNA has, the higher their wage expectations should be.

A CNA working in a nursing home can expect to be rewarded with higher remuneration than a CNA working as a home aide or home help. Thus in general, wage expectations are affected by the following key factors:

- more experience tends to mean higher remmuneration

- an urban-based CNA will generally be rewared better than a rural-based CNA

- those working in metropolitain cities will be rewarded better in line with the cost of living

- the type and the size of the facility will be a factor also – the bigger the facility, the higher the wage on offer

- level of education will impact on the final salary decision

Where to work and How Much to Expect (States in Alphabetical order)

Alabama          average $21,000
Arizona            average $25,000
California        average $26,500
Connecticut      average $28,000
Georgia          average $22,000
Indiana          average $22,000
Alabama          average $21,000
Arizona            average $25,000
California        average $26,500
Connecticut      average $28,000
Georgia          average $22,000
Indiana          average $22,000
Kansas           average $22,000
Maryland         average $27,000
Michigan         average $22,500
Nevada           average $28,000
New Jersey       average $28,000
New York         average $27,000
Kansas           average $22,000
Maryland         average $27,000
Michigan         average $22,500
Nevada           average $28,000
New Jersey       average $28,000

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment, the projected rate of growth of certified nursing assistant’s jobs will be some 28% over the next decade. Salary levels are expected to rise accordingly throughout the US and elsewhere.