I am not a CNA, but I actually took somewhat of a pay cut when I went from a PCNA (patient care nursing assistant) to a NT (nurse tech)...but really the benefits of my new job outweigh the slight pay cut.
I made $11.50 as a PCNA, + $1 shift differential because I worked nights, so $12.50.
I had an hour commute.
I also had to pay $50/month in parking. Over the summer when I worked 2-3 12-hour shifts/week I was making GOOD money, but during the school year I worked once every one (sometimes two) weeks. Half of my paycheck went to the parking fees
I could work as many hours as I wanted and not really have to worry about it. I had the option of being full-time, part-time or PRN (which is what I chose because it offered the most flexibility). We were required to work a minimum of 12 hours/month.
I currently make $10.77 as a NT + $0.50 shift differential. I work evenings.
I have a 5min commute.
I do NOT have to pay for parking unless I park in the garages.
NT's are only hired on a PRN basis and we cannot work more than 39 hours/week. We are required to work a minimum of 24 hours/month.
Overall it's a much closer drive and less wear 'n tear on my car AND I don't have to pay for parking. I can also do a lot more as a tech, including phlebotomy, but not EKG...I am, however, allowed to hook up patients to telemetry monitors.