Bathing patients and brushing their teeth are typical duties of certified nursing assistants, or CNAs. They usually work in nursing facilities and hospitals, under the supervision of registered and practical nurses. Although some states use alternative titles, all states require the licensing of nursing assistants for nursing homes. CNAs must complete approved training and pass a test to be licensed. A CNA's pay depends in part on the industry and job location.
CNAs earned an average hourly wage of $12.51 in 2013, or the equivalent of a full-time annual income of $26,020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Most nursing assistants have full-time jobs. As of 2013, 80 percent of CNAs earned between $8.94 and $17.20 per hour.
Skilled nursing facilities employed more CNAs than any other industry in 2013 and paid them average hourly wages of $12.01, according to the BLS. Hospitals had the second-largest number of jobs and paid an average of $13.53 per hour. Continuing care and assisted living, in third place for jobs, paid average hourly wages of $11.70. The top-paying employer was the federal executive branch, where CNAs averaged $17.29 per hour.
CNAs working in high-priced Alaska led the nation for wages in 2013, receiving an average hourly pay of $17.04, according to the BLS. Nursing assistants in New York state and Nevada tied for second place, averaging $15.45 per hour.