Im starting my cna program in December and can give you some info since my mother has experience in this field. Working in Illinois as a cna can range anywhere from $9.50-12/hr,depends on whether or not you are working for a nursing home,rehab facility,in home care(private duty) or hospital. Working for the government or state pays much more
Can be more in the suburbs but but not too much. I have seen folks work in temp agencies making $12/hr but usually no benefits..A CNA help older or disabled adults with their daily living,like bathing,dressing,feeding,vitals,blood pressure,and even light housekeeping duties if doing homecare. If you want to get your feet wet and gain experience then this is the way to go,the amount of work that it takes to care for patients is alot. You do it for the love of being in healthcare,a rewarding career with numerous possibilities and of course a paycheck lol Pay is good but dont just base your decision off that alone. It takes the right personality to fit this career,and in this economy nurses are always needed!! You can also looking into an LPN program,the pay starts at 14/hr and go to about 20/hr,you can do a bridge program right into an RN. My sis in law works at an adult daycare and makes $17.50/hr,the weekends she works at a temp agency making $20/hr for 2 clients at home.