As of December 2014, the average pay per hour for a certified nursing assistant (CNA) is $10.76, according to Payscale online. Pay is slightly higher for CNAs in certain areas because of specialized training. These areas include telemetry, intensive care, gynecology and emergency departments.
Certified nursing assistants work closely with nurses to help care for patients. They can work in a hospital, nursing home or physician's office. Their duties include taking patients' vital signs, moving patients, helping with dressing and eating, and cleaning patients as needed.
CNAs must complete specific training, including classes in anatomy, pharmacology and nursing skills. They must then pass a state certification test before beginning work as a CNA.