To compare State Tested Nursing Assistant wages by state, use an online salary comparison tool such as PayScale.com. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics can also provide comparison information for STNA wages.
Pay Scale maintains a database of millions of salary profiles, based on survey research with employees working in different fields. To access the database for information on STNA wages, go to PayScale.com/Research. In the search box, select Jobs, then enter the job title "State Tested Nursing Assistant" or "STNA," and hit Search. Scroll down in the report to see the national average salary and view pay differences by location. If you currently work as an STNA, the results page includes a box for you to enter your salary information and receive a free detailed report about how your salary compares to others.
The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics releases regular reports on wages in different fields. The May 2014 report on nursing assistants includes data on how many people are employed in this field and average hourly and annual wages. The report distinguishes between wages earned by nursing assistants in different settings, such as skilled nursing facilities and surgical hospitals. With respect to geographic location, the BLS report includes data on the number of people employed as nursing assistants by state and the annual mean wage for nursing assistants in each state.