CNA Job Outlook & Salary
These days, the job prospects for CNAs are bright. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that demand for the profession will rise at a rate of 11 percent through 2026—much faster than typical job growth. As the population ages, demand for round-the-clock personal services is on the upswing.
How big a paycheck can you expect to earn as a certified nursing assistant? The BLS estimates a median income of $26,590 for CNAs in its current Occupational Outlook Handbook. But your earnings will vary according to where you live; the BLS found that the top 10 percent of nursing assistants earned more than $36,000.
By taking on more training, CNAs can move into higher-paying roles as licensed practical nurses or registered nurses.