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Nursing Assistant Masterclass: Salary, Job, Training

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Nursing Assistant Masterclass: Salary, Job, Training

In this masterclass, we will be covering the salary for CNAs, what they do on the job, the training required to become one, and commonly asked questions about the field. After you have read through this, you will have enough information to make a decision on whether this is a good career path for you.


How much is a Nursing Assistant’s Salary?

According to Indeed, the average base hourly salary for a nursing assistant/certified nursing assistant is $15.06 per hour with an estimated $4,500 in additional overtime per year.

These salaries can vary slightly by state, for instance, the CNA salary for the state of Michigan equates to $32,451 according to Salary

The salary for this position scales with experience like other jobs. Here is a complete and total breakdown:

  • Less than 1 year experience: $14.46 per hour
  • 1 to 2 years experience: $14.60 per hour
  • 3 to 5 years experience: $15.38 per hour
  • 6 to 9 years experience: $15.77 per hour
  • More than 10 years experience: $17.38 per hour

How much do Nursing Assistants make per year?

Breaking down the above numbers and assuming you’ll only be working 40 hours per week, here is what you can expect to make:

  • Less than 1 year experience: $30,076.80
  • 1 to 2 years experience: $30,368.00
  • 3 to 5 years experience: $31,990.40
  • 6 to 9 years experience: $32,801.60
  • More than 10 years experience: $36,150.40

Benefits for this job consist of the following in most cases:

  • Referral program
  • Paid sick time
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Paid time off
  • Disability insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Vision insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Mileage reimbursement

General Nursing Assistant Job Description:

Nursing Assistants, also referred to as Nurses Aides or CNAs, provide the basic care necessary to help patients with activities of daily living. They work as an integral part of a team under the supervision of licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and Registered Nurses (RNs).

a group of senior citizens being watched by their cna

They typically perform the following job functions:

  • Serve meals and help patients eat
  • Measure patients’ vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature
  • Listen to and record patients’ health concerns and report that information to nurses
  • Turn, reposition, and transfer patients between beds, wheelchairs, and locations
  • Help patients use the toilet
  • Help patients dress themselves
  • Clean and bathe patients
  • Some dispense medication depending on the state in which they work and how regulated it is

In nursing homes and residential care facilities, CNAs are usually the principal caregivers. They often develop close interpersonal relationships with their patients because many of these patients stay in these facilities for extended periods of time (months or years). That’s why it’s important to realize that although these might not seem like fun activities, they are making a significant difference in someone's life.


How to become a Nursing Assistant (CNA):

a cna preparing to give medicine via needle

There are four steps to becoming one -

  1. Earn your high school diploma or GED
  2. Complete state-approved CNA training (available online, at hospitals, the red cross, or community colleges)
  3. Complete the in-person clinical requirement
  4. Pass the certification exam and get listed on your state’s CNA registry

Commonly asked questions about CNAs:

Can you become a CNA in high school?

No, as it is a requirement to get a GED or high school diploma first.

What is the difference between a CENA and a CNA?

A CENA is a Competency-Evaluated Nursing Assistant, and is a term more commonly used in some states such as Washington or Michigan. The title of CENA distinguishes those who have passed a state competency exam from those who have not.


What is taught in a CNA class?

  • Patient Safety and Cleanliness
  • Professional Communication Skills
  • Basic Needs
  • Activities of Daily Living - Personal Care
  • Exercise
  • Food and Fluids
  • Elimination
  • Vital Signs
  • Special Procedures
  • Mental Health

What soft skills do CNAs need?

  • Compassion
  • Ability to Adapt
  • Team Player
  • Strong Communication
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Attention to Detail
  • Patience
  • Positive Thinking

What does a CNA make in a doctors office?

What you can expect to make would be somewhere in the ballpark of $15.06 hourly. Which is about 31,324.80 per year.


What kind of scrubs do CNAs wear?

Each facility will have a different policy. The most common color is Royal Blue. Some facilities will allow you to wear other colors on Friday’s depending on their dress code.


I hope you enjoyed reading our masterclass on CNAs and you feel ready to go out there and conquer the nursing world! If you’re looking for that step up in your career, be sure to check out our job board. We have the best healthcare jobs from top employers available, along with an easy to use system so you can land your next healthcare position.

Nursing Assistant Masterclass: Salary, Job, Training
Jake Tilk

Jake is the Digital Marketing Manager for OptyConnect and Healthcare Consultant. He holds a B.B.A. in Marketing with a minor in Business from Western Michigan University and has a certification in Software Development.

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