One of the most common questions that anyone has when starting a new career is: how much money will I make? This is a fair question, and something that’s important to consider. It’s definitely not a wise idea to get into a career without knowing first how much money you’ll make. If you were to do that, you could end up wasting time and money on school, only to find out that you aren’t going to be able to earn enough money. So, how do you avoid that? It’s simple actually…you just do a little research beforehand to find out exactly what people in your chosen profession (nursing and certified nursing assistants in this case) actually make. It’s also a good idea to look at an average number, because some people will make more, and some people will make less. This especially depends on where you live (in a rural area vs the city) and some other factors like previous work experience.
Generally speaking, RNs make much more than CNAs, but part of the reason for that is because their jobs entail more responsibilities, and they have to be in school much longer. On average, CNAs can expect to make around $10-$14 per hours, where RNs can expect to make nearly double that amount. Again, this pay rate is related to the amount of time that they spend in school, as well as the job duties. Nurses generally have more difficult and complex job duties compared to CNAs, and so it makes sense that they should be paid more.
This doesn’t mean that CNAs make low pay, in fact, nothing could be more untrue. Actually, for the short amount of time that they are in school, certified nursing assistants are actually paid very well. The rates can vary though depending upon what type of facility you’re working in. For example, if you’re working in a group home or state-sponsored nursing home, you might be making less per hour than if you’re working for a private company that has more funds at their disposal. The same holds true for an RN who is working in a county hospital vs a private practice setting. Obviously in that example the nurse working in private practice would be earning much more because the doctors are billing the patients for more expensive services.
Whether you choose to be a CNA or an RN, you can expect to make a good, competitive wage and earn more than if you were working in a job that didn’t require education. In fact, most people in the medical industry consider their jobs to be very well paying, and the salaries in general for nursing and the medical industry overall tend to be on the higher end in terms of overall careers.