If it has always been your dream of becoming a professional Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), you’re going to want to find the right place to “settle down” in to take advantage of your new career.

According to reports, there is going to be a demand for almost 400,000 new CNAs in the United States by 2016 – and that number is only going to jump even higher after that. There are and enormous amount of opportunities out there for professional CNA experts, but some states are much better than others as far as the quality of living is concerned as well as the pay or salary that you can expect to command a working as a CNA.

Thankfully, we’ve put together this quick list of the best states to work in as a CNA, and accurate list at least as far as the middle of 2014 is concerned. Hopefully you’ll be able to use this “inside information” to find the right place to set down your roots and establish your CNA career well-being paid at the higher end of the industry scale and enjoying your new hometown as well!

Let’s jump right in!


While you may think of Alaska as that wild frontier up north that has more polar bears than people, it also offers CNA professionals a lot of the best benefits (and certainly the highest hourly salary – starting wise, at least) in the United States.

Brand-new entry-level CNA experts can expect to command an hourly salary of more than $16 an hour, and that’s only those that are fresh out of school and have just recently completed their CNA certification. The money is only going to go up with each and every year of experience you have after that, and any additional job certifications that you can add to your belt will increase the amount of money you can make even more!

Believe it or not, the major cities in Alaska (like Anchorage and Juno) are very similar to the major cities all throughout the United States – though they are certainly a bit different, as well. Even if you only go to Alaska to establish your new CNA career you will be much farther ahead of the game than most others.

New York

Unsurprisingly, New York has the second highest entry-level salary in the United States for CNA professionals, coming in at right around $14 an hour. New York City definitely contributes to that is inflated average pay scale, but if you are lucky enough to command a position in the city of the sky is literally the limit when it comes to earning a very high wage peer

Unfortunately, you’re also going to have to pay the high cost of living in the New York City area unless you search for jobs in the rest of the state that aren’t offering quite as much money per hour. Even still, it may be worth it.

Connecticut and Massachusetts

Lumping these two together (mostly because their entry level wages for a CNA are so close to one another), Connecticut and Massachusetts both offer new Certified Nursing Assistants and entry-level hourly salary of just north of $13 per hour.

It’s a little bit less than what you could expect to get paid in neighboring New York, but the cost of living expenses are usually dramatically lower.

Those are just some of the best states to work in as a CNA. There are certainly others, but these four represent the very best of the best if you are concerned about getting into the CNA world with a high paying entry-level position!