I'm very curious if it is possible to survive out in the "real world" with the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) job salary of 25,000 a year. Is that even the average salary anymore? How much do average CNA's get paid an hour? Most importantly, can I survive off of certified nursing assistant salary job?
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I teach a CNA class at a high school in Iowa. CNA's start at $10.10 at the nursing home a block away from the high school. Most nursing homes in our area are in the $9-$10 range to start. There is a weekend differential and time and one half for call-in, double time for major holidays generally.
Yes, one can "survive"...but hopefully your aspirations are more than survival.
CNA work is demanding...but rewarding. It is an excellent job that one can survive on while continuing their education..whatever career path that might be.
There is usually plenty of hours to be had, and it dovetails perfectly with going to school usually as there are evening and nite shifts, weekend work etc.
One always has to think short term...and long term....
It may be perfect for 4-6 years...but will you be able to do this job all your working life?
It may inspire you to continue to learn more and become more educated and have more responsibility as either an LPN or an RN.