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Will I make a decent living out of being a CNA ?

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Alexandra’s Answer

Hi Tashianna Y,

According to The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median expected annual salary for certified nursing assistant is $26,590. However, this number can vary based on experience, location and certain specializations with the CNA work. To consider whether you can make a decent living as a CNA, you would also have to think about whether you will have any debt such as school loans and how you will meet the basic costs of living such as mortgage, utilities and food. If you do not have a large school loan or mortgage payment, you would obviously be better off regardless of the type of job you have. It also matters whether you are planning to start a family and what your partner makes.

Thank you very much. It makes a lot of sense now that you put it like that. Tashianna Y.

You are very welcome. Alexandra Grashkina-Hristov

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Kelli’s Answer

Being a CNA is hard work but can be very rewarding. It is a great start on learning how to communicate with patients and gain an understanding on what it takes to provide care. You can then make an informed decision on if you wish to move into another healthcare provider role.

Thank you very much. Do you do CNA ? Tashianna Y.

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Hwal’s Answer


I worked in several places as a CNA before starting the PA school, so feel I can speak from my experience. In Virginia, my hourly rates ranged about $10.50-$13.50, depending on the type and location for the employer. For an undergraduate student with a clear goal to become a PA, the wage wasn't the best, but the experience was worth it for me. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Good luck!