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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:
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.
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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 2018:
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.
Total Jobs: 7,080
Average Annual Salary: $33,990
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,150
Average Experienced Salary: $42,750
Location Quotient: 1.7
Total Jobs: 3,310
Average Annual Salary: $30,910
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,250
Average Experienced Salary: $39,310
Location Quotient: 1.23
Total Jobs: 49,760
Average Annual Salary: $30,130
Average Entry Level Salary: $23,240
Average Experienced Salary: $38,340
Location Quotient: 1.15
Total Jobs: 20,890
Average Annual Salary: $29,120
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,330
Average Experienced Salary: $37,430
Location Quotient: 1.35
Total Jobs: 14,580
Average Annual Salary: $28,730
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,250
Average Experienced Salary: $36,110
Location Quotient: 1.49
Total Jobs: 31,640
Average Annual Salary: $33,710
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,280
Average Experienced Salary: $42,770
Location Quotient: 1.1
Total Jobs: 6,660
Average Annual Salary: $35,130
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,480
Average Experienced Salary: $47,850
Location Quotient: 0.49
Total Jobs: 32,310
Average Annual Salary: $29,590
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,540
Average Experienced Salary: $38,080
Location Quotient: 1.13
Total Jobs: 76,260
Average Annual Salary: $30,630
Average Entry Level Salary: $23,680
Average Experienced Salary: $38,920
Location Quotient: 1.3
Total Jobs: 14,750
Average Annual Salary: $31,450
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,300
Average Experienced Salary: $39,200
Location Quotient: 0.53
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:
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