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How Much Does a CNA Earn?

A CNA stands for certified nursing assistant. In a nutshell a CNA is a person who works closely with doctors and registered nurses in a hospital environment. A CNA can also work in a home for the elderly, or in an assisted living facility. There are CNAs who are privately employed for home care of patients.

There is a projected need of close to 400,000 CNA jobs by the year 2016 in the United States alone. More schools are opening up CNA classes to accommodate the surge in enrolment. Why the surge in enrolment? Being a CNA is a stepping stone to your dream of being an RN. The training you’ll undergo would prove useful to a future career of becoming an RN or a doctor.

A CNA’s salary varies from one State to another. A certified nursing assistant who took her CNA classes in Louisiana would in all probability apply for a job in that city too. Wrong move? Right move? Look at this way. A CNA’s salary Louisiana would average at $7.75 per hour grossing at around $22,320 per year. If you less taxes, taxes and more taxes, that amount could net at about less $16,000 to $17,000. The gross amount, however, does not include other benefits and overtime pay.

If you choose to apply in Alaska, the average salary for CNAs there is at a high $ 14.36 per hour granting that the CNA has had years of CNA related experience. That would gross at $41,000+ a year. The average salary of a new CNA in Nebraska City would be in the vicinity of $23,000 while at Omaha the rate could go up to $25,000 annually.

Rates vary per State and per institution. The working experience of a CNA plays an integral part regarding his or her salary bracket. The more experience you have, the higher your rate will be. There is a general trend for highly urbanized cities to offer higher salaries. In New Jersey the average salary of an experienced certified nursing assistant can reach up to $44,000 a year. In New York, salary range for CNAs is from $24,000 to $ 45,000. The salaries are all gross income. Taxes and other fees are not yet deducted. Standard of living in highly urbanized cities is high. Working in a big hospital in a big city does not necessarily translate to a bigger net income because of the high cost of living there.

Working in a nursing home might also be profitable for a CNA. The average income of such worker averages at $25,000 in Washington State. Some hospices even pay more than a hospital as there as hospices that pay from $10 to $14.50 per hour.

In conclusion, the salary of CNAs depends on their experience, type of institution and the locality they are in.

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