There are 1.5 million CNAs working in a variety of healthcare facilities across the country and new jobs are opening every month. If you are looking for a position as a nursing assistant or nurse aide, it will help to have an understanding of where the demand for new workers is highest. These cities are the largest employers of CNAs in the country and could be the best place to start your search for a job as a certified nursing assistant.
New York, NY – In New York, there are over 100,000 CNAs. The average salary is much higher than in other states and they make about $32,000 per year. New York City has the highest number of nursing assistants in the country, with about 57,000 employed in the metropolitan area. Working in the city earns an average salary of about $33,000.
Chicago, IL – Chicago is home to about 33,000 CNAs and that number continues to grow. Across the state of Illinois, there are over 60,000 nurse aides. The average salary for these workers in the city of Chicago is close to $25,000 per year.
Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles is home to approximately 32,000 CNAs. California is one of the best paying states for nursing assistants, but LA’s average salary is a bit lower than the state average. Working in Los Angeles yields an average salary of $28,000.
Philadelphia, PA – There are just over 24,500 certified nursing assistants in Philadelphia. These nurse aides are paid well for the national average, making $28,000 per year.
St. Louis, MO – The nursing assistants in St. Louis make an average salary that is just over $23,000 per year. As of 2012, there were just over 18,000 CNAs in Philly.
Houston, TX – Texas hosts a large number of nurse aides and the most popular place for CNA jobs is Houston. There are 17,000 actively employed nurse aides in the state making an average salary of $25,000.
Boston, MA – In the Boston area, there are currently about 16,000 CNAs. These healthcare employees make about $31,000 per year, which is more than the state average.
Atlanta, GA – The certified nurse aides in Atlanta make less than most other nurse aides in the country, with an average salary of $23,000 per year. There were over 16,000 CNAs working across the state as of 2012.
Tampa, FL – The Tampa area, including St. Petersburg, is home to about 15,500 actively employed nursing assistants. These CNAs make an average salary of $24,000.
Long Island, NY – With an average salary of $35,000, the certified nursing assistants on Long Island make one of the best wages in the country for healthcare support occupations. There are about 15,000 CNA jobs in Long Island.