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The Average Salary of a Third Shift CNA

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Certified nurse assistants provide daily, routine care for residents in elder-care facilities and hospitals. They are on hand to work all hours of the day and night. Working a third shift from late night to early morning can increase a CNA’s overall hourly rate. Many CNAs do not want to work at night because of family and personal obligations that require them to be awake during the day.

Average CNA Salary

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average salary of a CNA in the United States as of May 2010 was $25,140, or $12.09 per hour.


As of May 2010, the 10th percentile earned up to $17,790 per year, or $8.55 per hour. The 25th percentile made up to $20,600 per year, or $9.90 per hour. The upper salary limit of the 75th percentile was $29,070 yearly, or $13.98 per hour. The 90th percentile made $34,580 per year, or $16.62 per hour, or more.

Working Third Shift

Third-shift CNAs often receive a night-shift differential. A differential is an increase in the daytime shift rate. In a job posting made May 24, 2011, on, a CNA working third shift for an employer in Statesville, North Carolina, would receive an extra $0.75 per hour on top of the base hourly wage.

Third Shift Pay

If a CNA received the national average hourly rate as of May 2010 and a $0.75 differential for working third shift, the hourly rate would increase to $12.84. Working full-time at 2,080 hours per year, the yearly salary before taxes and any benefits contributions would be $26,707.20.


Leyla Norman has been a writer since 2008 and is a certified English as a second language teacher. She also has a master's degree in development studies and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology.