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The best and worst states to be a CNA in 2012

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Where the highest nursing salaries are
The BLS reports that the following states rank at the top of the CNA pay scale:

  • Alaska               $16.45 hourly mean wage
  • Nevada             $15.08 hourly mean wage
  • New York         $15.01 hourly mean wage
  • Hawaii               $14.91 hourly mean wage
  • Connecticut      $14.71 hourly mean wage

PayScale reports that CNAs earn the highest hourly rates (as high as $16 to $17 per hour) in these five cities: St. Paul, Minn.; Seattle; Washington, DC; San Francisco; and Boston. Several more California cities come close behind.

The BLS state rankings don’t include any of these cities, which seems to indicate that while working in a large metropolis will most certainly mean bigger bucks for you, you can head to a small state (like Connecticut) or a remote state (like Alaska or Hawaii) and still earn a good salary.

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Cynthia Dusseault
Cynthia Dusseault is a professional freelance writer with both a health and an education background. A former medical radiation technologist and elementary school teacher, she realized that no matter what she did, she was drawn to any task that involved writing, so she decided, over a decade ago, to write full-time. Since then, she has written for a variety of magazines and websites including Nursing PRN, National Review of Medicine, University Affairs, Your Health, Education Leaders Today, Today's Parent, Children's Playmate, WeightWatchers.ca and many more. She has written about topics such as asthma, genital herpes, circumcision, teleradiology, body art, learning disabilities and exercise trends, and she absolutely adores the fact that writing—particularly doing the research for the articles she writes—makes her a lifelong learner.

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