What Is the Average Starting Salary for a CNA?


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The salary for a certified nurse assistant ranges from $8.82 to $14.72 per hour and $18,385 to $31,672 per year, as of 2015. The salary varies based on the skills of the individual nurse assistants and the industries and states in which they work. Salaries do not change much with experience.

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The mean hourly wage for nurse assistants is $12.62 while the mean annual salary is $26,250, as of 2015. Certified nurse assistants with emergency room, intensive care unit and telemetry skills have higher salaries than those who lack skills in these areas. The top paying industries include the Federal Executive Branch, insurance carriers and lessors of real estate.

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