How Much Can I Earn as a CNA?
If you have been exploring certified nursing assistant careers, one concern you may have is the amount of money you will be able to earn in this lucrative field. While the answer to this question may vary depending on various factors, the following information can help to give you a good idea of the earning potential of these valuable healthcare professionals.
National Average CNA Salary
Although exact salaries for CNA careers may vary a bit from year to year, the overall national average CNA salary for the year 2015 was about $25,710 per year. This figure was listed on the website of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Of course, this is only a national average, and the salary range was reported as being anywhere from $19,390 to $36,890 per year.
Now, you may be wondering why there is such a wide span of salaries for CNAs. How can one earn only $19,390 per year while one earns as much as $36,890 per year? This question is not easily answered as there are several factors that can determine where you will fall on this salary range. The next section examines some of these factors.
Factors Affecting CNA Salary
There are many factors that can affect your salary as a certified nursing assistant. Depending on these factors, which are listed below, you may earn more or less than the average national CNA salary. We hope this will give you a better idea of your earning potential in this rapidly growing field.
- Experience Working as a CNA - Those with more experience often demand higher wages.
- The State and City Where You Work - Some locations offer higher salaries.
- The Employer You Work For - Some employers pay better than others.
- The Type of Facility You Work In - Some facilities pay higher salaries than others.
Top-Paying Facilities for CNAs
As stated above, some facilities offer higher salaries to their certified nursing assistants than others do. A current listing of some of these top-paying facilities (according to information gathered from the U.S. Department of Labor) can be found in the following section.
- Research Facilities
- Private and Specialty Hospitals
- Government Facilities
- Hospice Care Centers
- Rehabilitation Centers
- Home Healthcare Companies
Expected CNA Career Outlook
One of the best things about choosing to become a certified nursing assistant today is that the demand for them is quite high in most areas of the United States. Furthermore, according to the United States Department of Labor, this demand is projected to grow at a rate of about 17 percent until the year 2014!
This rate is much faster than the national average for most all other occupations today. What this means for potential CNAs such as yourself is that there will likely be more than 200,000 new CNA positions opened up during this time period. There are several reasons for this growing demand including those listed here.
- Aging Baby Boomers
- Longer Life Spans
- Greater Awareness of Proper Healthcare
- Growing Demand for Structured Long-Term Care