Pay Rate for CNA/Medication Aide

  1. Hello everyone, I live in Charlotte, North Carolina. I passed the certification test for Medication Aide, January, 2006. Most of the nursing homes, I have talked to said, I need to be a CNA. I will complete the CNA course next month. Does anybody know the starting payrate for CNA/Medication Aide. Any information would be helpful trying to get a high payrate to cover my mortgage while in school. Thank you.
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  3. by   lovingtheunloved
    I don't know specifically about NC, but in general, a CNA will make CRAP. Good luck with that mortgage.
  4. by   Agatha
    Hi there!

    Here in Fort Worth pay is about $9-11/hour depending on where you work. Call the human resources department at a few hospitals and LTC facilities and ask. Sometimes, home health pays significantly more, like $15-18/hour.

    Good luck!
  5. by   Gooselove
    I have been a CNA for 3 years in WI. I make $13.15. and I am only 19. For me that is good. Then again, I don't have a house payment to make.
  6. by   TheCommuter
    I'm in Fort Worth, Texas. CNAs earn between $8.50 and $11 per hour. The average medication aide earns about $12 hourly. Hopefully this has helped.
  7. by   TBird81
    In Kansas it is anywhere between $8-$15 an hour depending on where you go. Home Health pays more, but most do not offer benefits & they usually want experience. I make over $12 but I work weekends 2nd shift which I get differential pay for both the day of the week and the hour of day. Considering to get licensed as a CNA is not very difficult in most states the pay is understandable. I don't agree that we get paid "well" for the work we do but I think it is a great paying job if your investing in your future in the medical field...which really is priceless. BUT there are bills to pay! LOL. Good luck.
  8. by   rn 2be06
    I am a Med Tech in NC and make 14.00/hr in an asst. living facility. I work as a CNA in a hospital and make more than that.
  9. by   25(2)+2
    may i ask where in wisconsin i am in iowa and have been a cna/cma for over 4 years and am not making $11 an hour. i am about 1 hour from la crosse.
  10. by   rn 2be06
    Sorry I meant to say in NC. Some places here in NC do not make very well, such as in home health but the hospitals pay very well.
  11. by   slou!
    Does anyone know the pay rate for CNAs in South Jersey or Philly region? Thanks!
  12. by   johnsonprn2
    I start my CNA classes at county nursing home in PA. working second shift also. While in classes I make 11.23 FT, after passing the test get a dollar raise, once finshed get shift differential of 1.50 for working 2nd shift. I don't think this is too bad considering PA has a low pay rate compared to where I come from Chicago.
  13. by   lisabug96
    $7.00 per hour without your lic. you will have 4 months to take the state test and become a CNA, at this point the pay is $7.50 per hour.
  14. by   moomoo111
    I am a Certified Nurse Asst in South Carolina and work at a nursing home that is said to be one of the lowest paid for CNAs. I make $8.15 hour base pay but work 2nd shift with an extra $1.00 for that and if I work a Friday, Saturday or Sunday I make $2.00 more an hour and if I work a day that I'm not scheduled to work, no matter what shift, I get an extra $2.00 an hour for that. I have worked about 8 hours of overtime and brough home about $780.00 for a two week period and then if I work the usual 40 hours I bring home about $680.00 for a two week period. That's not bad money if you don't have to support nobody but yourself. I've been told by a private agency that they will pay me about $15.00 an hour brand new once I got the certificate and they put you to work in nursing homes, private duty and other medical facilities. It's good money while you are in nursing school. I'm not sure what places like Home Health and Hospice pay but I've applied so maybe soon I'll find out. Good Luck. Beth