Best Cities to Work as a CNA

Best Cities to Work as a CNA

Published on Monday, August 24, 2015
Best Cities to Work as a CNA

Are you a nursing assistant who has recently become certified? Or maybe you are simply contemplating the career. In either case, you may be wondering about the best cities to work as a CAN in. Just as with most other professions today, some locations offer better pay and employment opportunities than others.

Highest-Paying Cities

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average annual salary for CNAs in 2013 was approximately $26,000 per year. However, due to various factors, the actual pay range for nursing assistants during the same year was about $18,600 to $35,800 per year. One of the main factors that can affect the wages of a CNA is location.

Why is this so? Typically, this is the result of an increasing need for the type of services provided by CNAs, which arises from a growing elderly population in some areas of the country. As reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, the following cities were among the highest-paying cities for CNAs in 2013:

  • San Francisco, California - $41,810 Per Year
  • Oakland, California - $35,750 Per Year
  • Vallejo, California - $35,190 Per Year
  • Anchorage, Alaska - $35,190 Per Year
  • Suffolk, New York - $34,880 Per Year
  • Las Vegas, Nevada - $34,350 Per Year
  • San Jose, California - $34,160 Per Year
  • New York City, New York - $33,690 Per Year
  • Santa Barbara, California - $33,260 Per Year
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut - $33,250 Per Year

Cities with the Highest Demand

Even though a city may offer higher wages to CNAs, it does not necessarily mean that it also offers more employment opportunities. In fact, in many cases, states that offer the lowest salaries for nursing assistants are those that offer the most job openings. While the statistics in this category vary from year to year, cities with the highest demand for CNAs in 2013 were:

  • Jefferson City, Missouri - 1,700 Jobs at $25,600 Per Year
  • Bismarck, North Dakota - 1,610 Jobs at $27,870 Per Year
  • Altoona, Pennsylvania - 1,280 Jobs at $28,080 Per Year
  • Punta Gorda, Florida - 1,070 Jobs at $23,340 Per Year
  • Hot Springs, Arkansas - 870 Jobs at $23,260 Per Year
  • Bay City, Michigan - 840 Jobs at $25,110 Per Year
  • Cleveland, Tennessee - 840 Jobs at $22,600 Per Year
  • Pine Bluff, Arkansas - 810 Jobs at $21,780 Per Year
  • Danville, Virginia - 800 Jobs at $23,030 Per Year
  • Pittsfield, Massachusetts - 710 Jobs at $26,640 Per Year

Some of the best cities to work as a CNA in terms of pay or demand include San Francisco, Anchorage, Las Vegas, Bismarck, Jefferson City, and Pine Bluff.

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