The 10 States With The Highest Certified Nursing Assistant Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 1 month 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. North Dakota
  2. Nevada
  3. Michigan
  4. Wyoming
  5. Minnesota
  6. Arizona
  7. Iowa
  8. Colorado
  9. Nebraska
  10. Wisconsin

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

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for certified nursing assistants from the 2018 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 $35220, so our index value would be:

$35,220 * (100 / 135.9) = $25,916

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 North Dakota $34,195 $33,990 99.4
2 Nevada $34,007 $35,130 103.3
3 Michigan $33,853 $30,130 89.0
4 Wyoming $33,671 $30,910 91.8
5 Minnesota $33,442 $33,710 100.8
6 Arizona $32,091 $31,450 98.0
7 Iowa $32,000 $29,120 91.0
8 Colorado $31,416 $32,610 103.8
9 Nebraska $31,364 $28,730 91.6
10 Wisconsin $30,568 $29,590 96.8
11 Washington $30,541 $32,130 105.2
12 Illinois $30,454 $28,810 94.6
13 Indiana $30,402 $27,210 89.5
14 Alaska $30,381 $39,830 131.1
15 Delaware $30,355 $30,780 101.4
16 Pennsylvania $30,207 $30,630 101.4
17 Utah $29,978 $27,880 93.0
18 Texas $29,801 $27,030 90.7
19 Idaho $29,750 $27,400 92.1
20 Kentucky $29,613 $26,800 90.5
21 Tennessee $29,530 $26,400 89.4
22 Ohio $29,392 $27,570 93.8
23 New Mexico $29,336 $28,310 96.5
24 Kansas $29,154 $26,210 89.9
25 Montana $28,878 $29,110 100.8
26 Oklahoma $28,800 $25,690 89.2
27 Arkansas $28,794 $25,080 87.1
28 Oregon $28,745 $33,230 115.6
29 Missouri $28,683 $25,930 90.4
30 Virginia $28,541 $28,770 100.8
31 Georgia $28,304 $25,870 91.4
32 West Virginia $28,276 $26,410 93.4
33 New York $28,251 $37,010 131.0
34 New Hampshire $27,521 $32,200 117.0
35 Florida $27,304 $26,840 98.3
36 North Carolina $27,231 $25,570 93.9
37 Mississippi $26,891 $23,100 85.9
38 Alabama $26,436 $24,110 91.2
39 Connecticut $26,147 $33,390 127.7
40 Rhode Island $25,965 $31,340 120.7
41 California $25,916 $35,220 135.9
42 Maine $25,911 $28,710 110.8
43 South Dakota $25,863 $26,820 103.7
44 South Carolina $25,594 $25,390 99.2
45 Vermont $25,375 $30,730 121.1
46 Massachusetts $25,209 $33,630 133.4
47 Maryland $24,948 $31,310 125.5
48 New Jersey $24,922 $30,380 121.9
49 Louisiana $23,997 $22,750 94.8
50 Hawaii $21,304 $35,770 167.9
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