Is the salary good enough to get an apartment?

  1. I'm graduating from high school soon and I want to live on my own, because my family is dysfunctional, but I always hear that cnas are "overworked and underpaid" this is not going to be my permanent career(I want to get my bsn), but it will give me experience and income. I live in Atlanta.
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   idkmybffjill
    You'll need to look up the average pay for CNAs with no experience in your area and then figure out the average rent in the neighborhood you want to live in. If you are okay with roommates, looking at 2-4 bedroom apartments/houses would decrease your overall cost. Also look at your other expenses: phone bill, car payment and insurance if applicable, average cost of electricity (though look for apartments that are newer/well insulated; older trailers and such will not be sealed as well and the electric bill will be higher), cost for internet, medical and dental insurance, food, gas or cost for public transport, etc.

    In general, it can be possible, especially if you live with roommates, if you are frugal but it can depend on your personal expenses and where on the yearly pay range you fall.
  4. by   verene
    Really depends on where you live, what CNA wages are, and how much you need to live on (as well as the life-style you want to have.). My spouse and I managed to survive on the combination CNA and barista wages in a big city for about a year but we are frugal by nature and it was still tight living. No extras to life, and every emergency (even fairly minor) put a major dent in our savings account.
  5. by   Missingyou
    I'd bet you can do it on your own but you will have to be very careful with your money. You won't have much left over for extras like going out with friends &such.
    Consider a studio apartment.
  6. by   caliotter3
    You could also consider renting a room. That is the least expensive choice.

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