What is the Average Pay Scale After CNA Training?

cna trainingYour Career After CNA Training

Of course the smart individual is going to check out the average pay scale of a CNA before making the decision to enroll in CNA training classes. You need to know if you’re going to be able to support yourself, and possibly your family with your new career choice. The answer to this question will depend largely on your own drive, your innovative spirit and your determination to find a niche that will work well for you, both financially and with the schedule you’ll be required to keep.

Wait. All that sounds pretty vague and iffy, right? Yes, it does, but let me explain. After CNA training you may be tempted or encouraged to take the first job opening that comes your way. This will probably be at a local retirement home or adult care center. Unfortunately, where jobs are plentiful and hiring comes quickly, are generally where the pay is the lowest. Nursing homes and senior centers are notorious for offering the lowest possible pay and the most stressful work environments. (Our apologies to nursing homes and adult care centers that pay appropriate wages).

Our CNA training graduates have reported the following about jobs at many nursing homes:

  • Low starting pay
  • Stressful work conditions
  • Long hours
  • Under staffed
  • High patient to CNA training graduate ratio

CNA Training Graduates – Finding Better Career Opportunities

So, where can a CNA training graduate find the best opportunities? Think outside the box. Don’t look where everyone else is looking. Here is a breakdown of the average pay scale for a variety of career opportunities available to the smart CNA who is willing to look a little further than the basic medical facilities:

After CNA Training – Average Pay Breakdown

  • CNA training graduate in a nursing home facility – Average pay: $8.50-$10 starting rate
  • CNA  in a hospital setting – Average pay: $9.00 – $15.00 starting rate (the higher end is for those trained to draw blood)
  • CNA in a small, private clinical setting – Average pay: $9.50 – $14.00 starting rate
  • CNA in a home health setting working full time – Average pay: $11.50 – $18.00 starting rate
  • CNA training graduate in a home setting as a nanny working full time – Average pay: $11.00 – $18.50 starting rate

Why the huge pay fluctuations? Let’s take a look.

Nursing home pay – In a nursing home, which is generally considered entry level work for C’NA training graduates, you’re just one of hundreds (or at least 20-50) nursing assistants who are performing shift work. The majority of nursing home staff are made up of CNAs, so it is logical to assume that the level of opportunity for advancement will be low.

Hospital pay – Hospitals offer more opportunities and have the benefit of a fully rounded staff. This can be good for the CNA training graduate who may be  interested in other medical positions and wants to be around them to observe.

Private clinic – Depending on the physician, this can be a hit or miss opportunity with a wide range of pay possibilities.

Home health aide – Home health aides often have the best opportunities, especially when compared to nursing homes. CNA training graduates will have less of a workload and generally better pay.

Nanny – Depending on the state you live in, many CNA training graduates can take an extra course and become a live in nanny. Cooking and cleaning is generally expected along with this position, as it is with the home health aide.

Use this information to help you decide if CNA training is right for you.

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