These Are The 10 States With The Highest Certified Nursing Assistant Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 6 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do certified nursing assistants get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for certified nursing assistants by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for certified nursing assistants by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for certified nursing assistants after this adjustment? That would be Nursing Assistants.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

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

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for certified nursing assistants from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $32770, so our index value would be:

$32,770 * (100 / 135.9) = $24,113

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for certified nursing assistants.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of Certified Nursing Assistant Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Nevada $32,575 $33,650 103.3
2 Michigan $32,303 $28,750 89.0
3 North Dakota $31,790 $31,600 99.4
4 Wyoming $31,601 $29,010 91.8
5 Arizona $30,397 $29,790 98.0
6 Minnesota $30,367 $30,610 100.8
7 Iowa $30,010 $27,310 91.0
8 Colorado $29,046 $30,150 103.8
9 Wisconsin $28,904 $27,980 96.8
10 Pennsylvania $28,786 $29,190 101.4
11 Nebraska $28,668 $26,260 91.6
12 Washington $28,659 $30,150 105.2
13 Alaska $28,619 $37,520 131.1
14 Delaware $28,599 $29,000 101.4
15 Illinois $28,361 $26,830 94.6
16 New Mexico $28,269 $27,280 96.5
17 Texas $28,015 $25,410 90.7
18 Indiana $27,932 $25,000 89.5
19 Idaho $27,828 $25,630 92.1
20 Kentucky $27,801 $25,160 90.5
21 Ohio $27,558 $25,850 93.8
22 Oregon $27,387 $31,660 115.6
23 Missouri $27,311 $24,690 90.4
24 Kansas $27,285 $24,530 89.9
25 West Virginia $26,991 $25,210 93.4
26 Oklahoma $26,961 $24,050 89.2
27 Utah $26,784 $24,910 93.0
28 Tennessee $26,677 $23,850 89.4
29 New York $26,183 $34,300 131.0
30 Arkansas $26,130 $22,760 87.1
31 New Hampshire $25,974 $30,390 117.0
32 Virginia $25,833 $26,040 100.8
33 Montana $25,744 $25,950 100.8
34 Georgia $25,743 $23,530 91.4
35 Florida $25,666 $25,230 98.3
36 Mississippi $25,192 $21,640 85.9
37 Connecticut $25,168 $32,140 127.7
38 North Carolina $25,165 $23,630 93.9
39 Alabama $24,879 $22,690 91.2
40 South Carolina $24,788 $24,590 99.2
41 Rhode Island $24,490 $29,560 120.7
42 California $24,113 $32,770 135.9
43 South Dakota $24,069 $24,960 103.7
44 New Jersey $23,773 $28,980 121.9
45 Maryland $23,665 $29,700 125.5
46 Maine $23,664 $26,220 110.8
47 Vermont $23,633 $28,620 121.1
48 Massachusetts $23,208 $30,960 133.4
49 Louisiana $22,795 $21,610 94.8
50 Hawaii $19,053 $31,990 167.9

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