Best Places to Work as a CNA

Best Places to Work as a CNA

Are you a newly certified nursing assistant who is getting ready to join the workforce and would appreciate information on the best places to work as a CNA? Whether you are looking for information on the top paying employers or places, you will find the following information extremely useful.

Common Places of Employment

Certified nursing assistants work closely with LPNs and RNs to provide care to patients in a variety of medical settings. They are also responsible for a number of other tasks such as cleaning rooms, distributing meals, and maintaining patient records. If you wish to become a CNA, some of the facilities where you can choose to work are as follows:

  • Public and Private Hospitals
  • Military Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Adult Daycare Centers
  • Retirement Homes
  • Home Healthcare Providers
  • Hospice Centers
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Assisted Living Facilities

Top-Paying Facilities for CNAs

Now that you know some of the facilities where CNAs can work, you may be wondering which ones offer the best pay. Of course, this is a common concern for many people today, and we want to help by offering you a list! The list offered here is of top paying industries for CNAs and which was released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in May of 2019 – the last time the data was released by the BLS, which skipped the 2020 data apparently due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the BLS data, the top paying facilities for CNAs in 2019 included the ones in these industries:

  • Scientific Research and Development Services - $42,210 Per Year
  • Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) - $39,090 Per Year
  • Junior Colleges - $38,970 Per Year
  • Facilities Support Services - $37,630 Per Year
  • Colleges, Universities and Professional Schools - $37,090 Per Year

Facilities With Highest Concentration of Employment

According to the BLS data for the same year, facilities with highest concentration of employment for CNAs include those that are operating in the industries with the highest concentration of CNA employment. Here is the official 2019 BLS chart:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 566,240 $14.25 $29,650
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 157,270 $13.99 $29,100
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 26,020 $15.95 $33,170
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 373,200 $15.64 $32,540
Home Health Care Services 78,080 $14.09 $29,310

If you were searching for this, the top paying states for CNAs in 2019 were Alaska (annual mean wage of $40,320 per year), New York (mean wage of $38,810 per year), Hawaii (yearly mean salary of $37,710), California (mean pay of $36,630 yearly), and District of Columbia (mean yearly wage of $35,320).


If you are searching for employment as a CNA, some of the best places to work include government facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, and assisted living facilities.

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