The 10 Best States For Certified Nursing Assistants In 2019

Chris Kolmar
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Certified Nursing Assistants are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as certified nursing assistants in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.

Since certified nursing assistants are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where certified nursing assistants have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.

To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for certified nursing assistants.

After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s certified nursing assistants:

  1. North Dakota
  2. Wyoming
  3. Michigan
  4. Iowa
  5. Nebraska
  6. Minnesota
  7. Nevada
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Pennsylvania
  10. Arizona

So there you have it — Nursing Assistants is the best of the best when it comes to being a certified nursing assistant.

How did Nursing Assistants end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for certified nursing assistants and for more on the top ten states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined the best states to be a certified nursing assistant

Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Higher Pay

So in order to find out the best states for certified nursing assistants in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well certified nursing assistants get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2018:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.

Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for certified nursing assistants in California is $35,220 and the average salary in Illinois is $28,810, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.

In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for certified nursing assistants in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for certified nursing assistants.

1. North Dakota

Best States For Certified Nursing Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 7,080
Average Annual Salary: $33,990
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,150
Average Experienced Salary: $42,750
Location Quotient: 1.7

2. Wyoming

Best States For Certified Nursing Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,310
Average Annual Salary: $30,910
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,250
Average Experienced Salary: $39,310
Location Quotient: 1.23

3. Michigan

Best States For Certified Nursing Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 49,760
Average Annual Salary: $30,130
Average Entry Level Salary: $23,240
Average Experienced Salary: $38,340
Location Quotient: 1.15

4. Iowa

Best States For Certified Nursing Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 20,890
Average Annual Salary: $29,120
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,330
Average Experienced Salary: $37,430
Location Quotient: 1.35

5. Nebraska

Best States For Certified Nursing Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 14,580
Average Annual Salary: $28,730
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,250
Average Experienced Salary: $36,110
Location Quotient: 1.49

6. Minnesota

Best States For Certified Nursing Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 31,640
Average Annual Salary: $33,710
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,280
Average Experienced Salary: $42,770
Location Quotient: 1.1

7. Nevada

Best States For Certified Nursing Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 6,660
Average Annual Salary: $35,130
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,480
Average Experienced Salary: $47,850
Location Quotient: 0.49

8. Wisconsin

Best States For Certified Nursing Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 32,310
Average Annual Salary: $29,590
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,540
Average Experienced Salary: $38,080
Location Quotient: 1.13

9. Pennsylvania

Best States For Certified Nursing Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 76,260
Average Annual Salary: $30,630
Average Entry Level Salary: $23,680
Average Experienced Salary: $38,920
Location Quotient: 1.3

10. Arizona

Best States For Certified Nursing Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 14,750
Average Annual Salary: $31,450
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,300
Average Experienced Salary: $39,200
Location Quotient: 0.53

There You Have It – The Best States To Be A Certified Nursing Assistant

If you’re looking to start out your career as a certified nursing assistant these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.

If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be a certified nursing assistant in America:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Louisiana
  3. Maryland

Detailed List Of The Best States For certified nursing assistants

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 North Dakota $33,990 $26,150 7,080
2 Wyoming $30,910 $24,250 3,310
3 Michigan $30,130 $23,240 49,760
4 Iowa $29,120 $22,330 20,890
5 Nebraska $28,730 $22,250 14,580
6 Minnesota $33,710 $26,280 31,640
7 Nevada $35,130 $26,480 6,660
8 Wisconsin $29,590 $22,540 32,310
9 Pennsylvania $30,630 $23,680 76,260
10 Arizona $31,450 $25,300 14,750
11 Kentucky $26,800 $20,540 24,060
12 Illinois $28,810 $21,620 61,140
13 Kansas $26,210 $21,020 22,290
14 Delaware $30,780 $25,210 4,850
15 Colorado $32,610 $25,420 21,070
16 Idaho $27,400 $21,050 7,300
17 Washington $32,130 $25,600 32,690
18 Indiana $27,210 $21,240 30,220
19 Ohio $27,570 $21,240 65,860
20 Arkansas $25,080 $19,890 18,060
21 Missouri $25,930 $18,700 38,560
22 Alaska $39,830 $31,800 1,820
23 Montana $29,110 $22,240 5,760
24 Texas $27,030 $20,360 87,750
25 Utah $27,880 $21,450 10,680
26 Oklahoma $25,690 $20,480 17,120
27 New Mexico $28,310 $20,380 6,200
28 Tennessee $26,400 $20,170 28,340
29 West Virginia $26,410 $20,570 8,330
30 Georgia $25,870 $18,860 36,780
31 New Hampshire $32,200 $25,190 7,980
32 Oregon $33,230 $24,370 12,880
33 Rhode Island $31,340 $24,210 10,200
34 North Carolina $25,570 $18,530 63,010
35 Mississippi $23,100 $17,380 13,850
36 Virginia $28,770 $20,520 39,320
37 Maine $28,710 $22,260 9,580
38 Florida $26,840 $20,740 89,860
39 Connecticut $33,390 $25,770 22,150
40 South Dakota $26,820 $21,150 6,010
41 Alabama $24,110 $18,230 22,590
42 New York $37,010 $25,620 91,400
43 New Jersey $30,380 $22,730 56,500
44 Massachusetts $33,630 $26,170 39,100
45 South Carolina $25,390 $18,710 20,950
46 California $35,220 $25,200 99,440
47 Vermont $30,730 $24,410 3,040
48 Maryland $31,310 $23,080 27,980
49 Louisiana $22,750 $17,140 20,690
50 Hawaii $35,770 $27,170 4,800
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