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Hi There, I am thinking about becoming CNA. I was wondering, is it easy for you all to get a lot of overtime? Do you have any examples of pay ranges in the SF Bay Area/East Bay?

Thanks a million to all of you who respond!

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

While I'm not in the SF Bay area, overtime shifts are a dime a dozen at my facility. My workplace has a staffing shortage of 15 CNAs, so there are always plenty of overtime shifts available, especially during the evening hours.


Specializes in ALF, Medical, ER. Has 4 years experience.

I normally work 7a-7p but I know if I want the overtime I could get it. If I do its normally like 7-1 or 7-3. They appreciate the extra help in the mornings because of the baths and other things that usually happen in the morning.

Thanks to both of you. I appreciate your taking the time to respond. God bless you.

I just started in February and got certified and I work so much overtime I don't even know what day it is half of the time! :)

casi, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC. Has 3 years experience.

I'm ALWAYS getting calls to come in early, stay late, or come in for an extra shift. Overtime is pretty easy to accrue if you want it.


Specializes in Nursing Assistant. Has 2 years experience.

Overtime. I do so much of it i've considered making it my last name. It's definitely easier to get if your willing. But be selective! I've run into the issue of doing so much that everyone expects you to do it ALL the time. You're the "go-to guy," and some people get annoyed when you turn it down.

I'm here in the LA area and on all of my days off I get called to come in. I usually decline as I already work four 12 hour shifts a week. At my hospital we have the choice to work 24-72 hours a week and we do all of our own scheduling.

At my hospital (San Bernadino County, 35 miles east of Los Angeles) starting wage for a CNA is $11/ hour with no experience. The two neighboring hospitals start CNAs at $14-$15 an hour but it is much harder to get hired if you have no experience.

If you can get a job at Kaiser they pay REALLY well and offer great benefits. Registries also pay $15-$16 an hour but I don't know how often they offer overtime.

Thanks again to all of you for replying. I lost my job in the corporate world where I was making decent pay, 47-50K a year. I extremely dislike the corporate world (I have for awhile now) and want to do something that makes a difference in people's lives. I figure, I can work overtime to help make up for some of the loss of pay upon becoming a CNA. I live in the East Bay of San Francisco, California and while I don't want to become so idyllic and not be able to provide for my wife and soon to come daughter (yeah!), I wonder how plausible this is. Any advice?

By idyllic, I mean, can a man work hard at being a CNA-helping others, and still provide for his family in the East Bay of San Francisco? If I like this line of work, I will want to move into becoming an LVN/RN.

Any and all advice sincerely welcomed.

God bless you all.

LoveMyBugs, BSN, CNA, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics.

If you are able to get a job at a hospital the pay is slightly more than a LTC. I have been working at a hospital for about 7 months. I usually get called by the staffing office at least once a week, plus once the schedule comes out I am able to sign up for open shifts. The CNA who trained me, said she made about $60K last year due to all the overtime she put in. Put overtime depends on how the facility calculates it.

For me if I stay over my 12 hours, it automatically goes to time and a half, regardless of if I am at 40 hours. Then if you come in when they call, you get time and a half, plus $1 more an hour inccentive. If you go on call, its $3 an hour on call, but if you get called in it is double time. If you sign up for open shifts there is no inccentive pay, Then there is the shift differentials. But that would all depend on where you went to work.

The LTC I worked in prior to the hospital didn't have any inccentive, only weekend shift differentials, however as much overtime as you wanted because they were never fully staffed and always had agency working. I worked with CNA's who would work 3 or 4 16 hour shift in a row, plus their regular 8 hour days.

Thanks Ivanabeearn. This is in Oregon?

LoveMyBugs, BSN, CNA, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics.

Yes I am in Oregon, but where ever your at I would check into the shift diffs, and incentive pay.

Does over time start @ 36 hrs or 40 if you work 12 hr shifts?

LoveMyBugs, BSN, CNA, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics.

For me overtime is anything over my 12 hours, so if I work a 16 then 4 hours are overtime, and then anything over 40 hours is overtime also. So you work 3, 12 for 36 hours and pick up another 12 the first 4 are regular pay then the other 8 are overtime, plus if you came in when they called then you get insentive in addition to the overtime.

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