After CNA Training; 3 Highest Paying States

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By the year 2016 there will be a need for 393,000 CNAs in the United States alone. With such a high demand for CNAs in every state, it is important to know which state will be the most beneficial for you to work in once you have completed your CNA training.

 After CNA Training; Which State Will Pay The Most?

We have compiled a list of the highest paying states for CNAs.

Alaska: At the top of the list we have Alaska. The average hourly wage of a CNA in Alaska is $14.36. To someone straight out of CNA training $14.36 is an attractive starting pay. However, as with all things, there are a few things you will want to keep in mind. Based on the U.S. average cost of living chart, Alaska is not a cheap place to live. Although your pay there will be much higher than in some other states, be sure to consider the increase in your cost of living.

New York: Second on our list of high paying states for CNAs is New York. After CNA training you will be making $13.63 in this particular state. Based on the U.S. average cost of living chart, we have found that New York is cheaper to live in than Alaska, but still it ranks above average. This means that New York is more expensive to live in than most states in America. The fact that New York is not as expensive as Alaska may make it seem like a more reasonable state to take your career after CNA training, but it is important to keep in mind that fact that you will also be making nearly a dollar less per hour.

Connecticut: Last, but not least, we have Connecticut. With the lowest hourly wage of the the three, $13.54, this may seem the least appealing. However, keep in mind that Connecticut also has the lowest cost of living of the three. With only a 9 cent difference in pay from New York and a more than 10 point decrease in cost of living, Connecticut may be the best state for a CNA after CNA training.

Trying to decided which state would be the most beneficial for you to take your career after CNA training can be difficult. When considering your potential hourly wage, it is important to keep in mind what the cost of living in that state would be. Some states may seem like they have more to offer due to the hourly wage that they are offering, but because of the high cost of living you would actually be making less money. It may be a wiser decision to take a lower pay and live in a cheaper state. This way, after paying all of your expenses, you will have more money to put away at the end of the day.

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