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:
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:
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:
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 2016:
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 $32,770 and the average salary in Illinois is $26,830, 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.
Total Jobs: 6,870
Average Annual Salary: $31,600
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,770
Average Experienced Salary: $39,460
Location Quotient: 1.57
Total Jobs: 48,570
Average Annual Salary: $28,750
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,590
Average Experienced Salary: $37,350
Location Quotient: 1.12
Total Jobs: 21,460
Average Annual Salary: $27,310
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,120
Average Experienced Salary: $35,570
Location Quotient: 1.36
Total Jobs: 2,990
Average Annual Salary: $29,010
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,780
Average Experienced Salary: $37,970
Location Quotient: 1.05
Total Jobs: 13,640
Average Annual Salary: $26,260
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,860
Average Experienced Salary: $33,400
Location Quotient: 1.37
Total Jobs: 31,050
Average Annual Salary: $30,610
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,240
Average Experienced Salary: $39,870
Location Quotient: 1.07
Total Jobs: 32,380
Average Annual Salary: $27,980
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,200
Average Experienced Salary: $36,600
Location Quotient: 1.12
Total Jobs: 76,300
Average Annual Salary: $29,190
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,620
Average Experienced Salary: $38,250
Location Quotient: 1.29
Total Jobs: 5,830
Average Annual Salary: $33,650
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,630
Average Experienced Salary: $45,990
Location Quotient: 0.45
Total Jobs: 5,270
Average Annual Salary: $29,000
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,250
Average Experienced Salary: $36,870
Location Quotient: 1.16
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: