CNAs are in high demand in the healthcare industry, and a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is a great way to begin working in health care. CNAs typically graduate from a program in a few months and receive both classroom instruction, lab work, and hands-on clinical training under the supervision of a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse. They also need to pass a state certification exam to become certified.
The average salary for a CNA varies based on the location and type of employer. In Oklahoma, the highest paying locations are found in hospitals and home healthcare settings. The lowest paying locations are in government agencies and nursing schools.
Some employers offer sign-on or retention bonuses to attract and retain qualified CNAs. These bonuses can be up to $1,000, and they are usually paid out over several months. CNAs who are willing to work night and weekend shifts can also earn extra pay.
The average annual salary for a CNA in the United States is $35,870. This is below the national average for all jobs, which is $38,830 per year. However, some areas pay significantly above the national average. In Oklahoma, Stillwater, Moore, and Fort Gibson are the top paying cities for CNAs. The table below shows the median and average salary for a CNA by experience level. Having more experience will increase your chances of getting a higher-paying job. You can use the tables below to determine your earning potential and decide whether you should seek a job with more or less experience.