Certified Nursing Assistant Salary By State: Highest-Paid Certified Nursing Assistants by State [2023]

By Chris Kolmar
Aug. 2, 2022

Research Summary. After extensive research by the Zippia data science team, we identified these details of certified nursing assistant salary by state for the United States:

You can read more on the specific methodology.

Background

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 assistant 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.

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

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

  1. Hawaii (Jobs)

  2. Alaska (Jobs)

  3. Vermont (Jobs)

  4. Maine (Jobs)

  5. New Hampshire (Jobs)

  6. Massachusetts (Jobs)

  7. Washington (Jobs)

  8. Oregon (Jobs)

  9. New York (Jobs)

  10. Rhode Island (Jobs)

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

Highest-Paid Certified Nursing Assistants By State

Rank State Average Certified Nursing Assistant Salary 10th Percentile 90th Percentile
1 Hawaii $45,187 $37,000 $54,000
2 Alaska $42,735 $35,000 $51,000
3 Vermont $40,762 $30,000 $54,000
4 Maine $38,575 $29,000 $50,000
5 New Hampshire $37,696 $28,000 $50,000
6 Massachusetts $36,900 $27,000 $49,000
7 Washington $36,232 $27,000 $47,000
8 Oregon $35,586 $26,000 $47,000
9 New York $35,584 $26,000 $47,000
10 Rhode Island $35,490 $26,000 $47,000
11 New Jersey $35,230 $26,000 $47,000
12 Connecticut $34,189 $25,000 $45,000
13 California $34,156 $25,000 $45,000
14 Delaware $33,587 $24,000 $45,000
15 Pennsylvania $33,411 $24,000 $45,000
16 Nevada $33,337 $24,000 $44,000
17 Minnesota $32,324 $24,000 $42,000
18 Wisconsin $32,207 $24,000 $43,000
19 North Dakota $32,143 $24,000 $42,000
20 Wyoming $31,858 $23,000 $42,000
21 New Mexico $31,749 $23,000 $43,000
22 Michigan $31,632 $23,000 $42,000
23 Illinois $31,442 $23,000 $42,000
24 Arizona $31,418 $23,000 $42,000
25 Maryland $31,174 $23,000 $42,000
26 Montana $31,162 $23,000 $40,000
27 Virginia $30,998 $22,000 $41,000
28 Indiana $30,924 $23,000 $41,000
29 Idaho $30,836 $23,000 $40,000
30 Ohio $30,710 $22,000 $41,000
31 Colorado $30,603 $22,000 $40,000
32 Utah $30,522 $22,000 $40,000
33 South Dakota $29,933 $22,000 $39,000
34 Nebraska $29,669 $22,000 $39,000
35 Iowa $29,614 $22,000 $39,000
36 Kansas $29,224 $21,000 $39,000
37 Kentucky $29,208 $21,000 $39,000
38 Missouri $29,187 $21,000 $39,000
39 West Virginia $29,142 $21,000 $39,000
40 Oklahoma $28,851 $21,000 $38,000
41 Alabama $27,943 $20,000 $38,000
42 North Carolina $27,842 $20,000 $37,000
43 Tennessee $27,747 $20,000 $37,000
44 Florida $27,476 $20,000 $37,000
45 Texas $27,265 $19,000 $37,000
46 Arkansas $26,863 $19,000 $36,000
47 Georgia $26,394 $19,000 $35,000
48 South Carolina $25,978 $19,000 $35,000
49 Louisiana $25,719 $18,000 $35,000
50 Mississippi $25,164 $18,000 $34,000

Methodology: Certified Nursing Assistant Salary By State

To better understand certified nursing assistant pay by state, Zippia has aggregated data across a multitude of channels including the BLS, FLC, and OPM. We then supplement that data with actual listed salaries from job posts. Finally, the data science team calculates a weighted average of these inputs to create an average pay for certified nursing assistants by state.

We took the average annual salary data for certified nursing assistants from these estimates and ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary ranking as highest average salary for certified nursing assistants.

Certified Nursing Assistant Salary By State FAQs

  1. What is the highest-paid state for certified nursing assistants?

    The highest-paid state for certified nursing assistants is Hawaii with an average salary of $45,187 per year.

  2. What city pays certified nursing assistants the most?

    Portland, ME pays certified nursing assistants the most with an average salary of $38,636 per year.

  3. What is the worst state for certified nursing assistants?

    The worst state for certified nursing assistants is Mississippi with an average salary of $25,164 per year.

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Author

Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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