These Are The 10 Best States For Certified Nursing Assistants

Chris Kolmar
by 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. Michigan
  3. Iowa
  4. Wyoming
  5. Nebraska
  6. Minnesota
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Pennsylvania
  9. Nevada
  10. Delaware

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:

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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 2016:

  • 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 $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.

1. North Dakota

Best States For Certified Nursing Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 6,870
Average Annual Salary: $31,600
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,770
Average Experienced Salary: $39,460
Location Quotient: 1.57

2. Michigan

Best States For Certified Nursing Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 48,570
Average Annual Salary: $28,750
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,590
Average Experienced Salary: $37,350
Location Quotient: 1.12

3. Iowa

Best States For Certified Nursing Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 21,460
Average Annual Salary: $27,310
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,120
Average Experienced Salary: $35,570
Location Quotient: 1.36

4. Wyoming

Best States For Certified Nursing Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,990
Average Annual Salary: $29,010
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,780
Average Experienced Salary: $37,970
Location Quotient: 1.05

5. Nebraska

Best States For Certified Nursing Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 13,640
Average Annual Salary: $26,260
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,860
Average Experienced Salary: $33,400
Location Quotient: 1.37

6. Minnesota

Best States For Certified Nursing Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 31,050
Average Annual Salary: $30,610
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,240
Average Experienced Salary: $39,870
Location Quotient: 1.07

7. Wisconsin

Best States For Certified Nursing Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 32,380
Average Annual Salary: $27,980
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,200
Average Experienced Salary: $36,600
Location Quotient: 1.12

8. Pennsylvania

Best States For Certified Nursing Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 76,300
Average Annual Salary: $29,190
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,620
Average Experienced Salary: $38,250
Location Quotient: 1.29

9. Nevada

Best States For Certified Nursing Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,830
Average Annual Salary: $33,650
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,630
Average Experienced Salary: $45,990
Location Quotient: 0.45

10. Delaware

Best States For Certified Nursing Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,270
Average Annual Salary: $29,000
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,250
Average Experienced Salary: $36,870
Location Quotient: 1.16

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. Vermont

Detailed List Of The Best States For certified nursing assistants

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 North Dakota $31,600 $24,770 6,870
2 Michigan $28,750 $21,590 48,570
3 Iowa $27,310 $21,120 21,460
4 Wyoming $29,010 $21,780 2,990
5 Nebraska $26,260 $20,860 13,640
6 Minnesota $30,610 $22,240 31,050
7 Wisconsin $27,980 $21,200 32,380
8 Pennsylvania $29,190 $21,620 76,300
9 Nevada $33,650 $25,630 5,830
10 Delaware $29,000 $22,250 5,270
11 Arizona $29,790 $22,500 13,620
12 Kansas $24,530 $20,160 23,310
13 Ohio $25,850 $20,100 66,800
14 Illinois $26,830 $20,290 60,090
15 Kentucky $25,160 $19,010 23,930
16 Colorado $30,150 $22,250 19,230
17 Missouri $24,690 $18,000 39,460
18 Indiana $25,000 $20,130 30,910
19 Washington $30,150 $22,390 26,530
20 New Mexico $27,280 $20,310 6,870
21 Alaska $37,520 $27,510 1,720
22 Texas $25,410 $18,530 87,930
23 Arkansas $22,760 $18,030 17,520
24 West Virginia $25,210 $19,450 7,580
25 Idaho $25,630 $19,620 6,820
26 Oklahoma $24,050 $19,080 16,910
27 New Hampshire $30,390 $22,510 8,970
28 Oregon $31,660 $24,660 12,480
29 Montana $25,950 $20,410 5,560
30 Utah $24,910 $20,340 9,790
31 Tennessee $23,850 $17,890 30,490
32 North Carolina $23,630 $17,410 62,120
33 Rhode Island $29,560 $22,230 9,990
34 Connecticut $32,140 $24,580 21,180
35 New York $34,300 $23,680 98,040
36 Mississippi $21,640 $16,690 13,880
37 Florida $25,230 $20,010 90,890
38 Alabama $22,690 $16,950 22,800
39 Virginia $26,040 $19,420 37,170
40 South Dakota $24,960 $19,850 5,860
41 Georgia $23,530 $17,270 36,650
42 Maine $26,220 $20,300 9,050
43 New Jersey $28,980 $21,580 53,640
44 California $32,770 $22,610 99,140
45 South Carolina $24,590 $17,650 20,850
46 Maryland $29,700 $21,820 29,180
47 Massachusetts $30,960 $23,770 38,590
48 Vermont $28,620 $21,680 3,290
49 Louisiana $21,610 $16,630 21,450
50 Hawaii $31,990 $25,030 5,500
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