Caregiver, HHA, & CNA Pay

Comprehensive Caregiver Pay Guide 

SUMMARY: CNA/HHA pay ranges from $8.55 per hour at the low end to $16.62. The median CNA/HHA pay is $11.54 per hour. The salary of a caregiver ranges from about $7.89 to $14.20, with a median salary of $9.91. Full Details are included below in the guide.

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Caregiver, HHA, & CNA Pay

Caregiver, home health aide, & CNA pay varies based on experience and location. Keep in mind that non-professional caregivers (also called homemakers) typically make less money than CNAs and HHAs on an hourly basis. Pay grades for CNAs and HHAs are typically similar.

National Certified Nursing Assistant Pay By Experience 

Caregiver, HHA, & CNA Pay by State

Caregiver and CNA Pay in Top Cities

Compared to the national averages for pay of a CNA, some states offer more lucrative compensation than others. When it comes to average CNA pay, CNA pay in Alaska has the highest hourly wage with median pay at $16.40 per hour, compared to the national average of $11.54. CNA pay in New York follows with 15.38 per hour. The following states have the highest CNA pay:
StateMedian Hourly
Alaska                              $16.40
New York$15.38

Based on median CNA pay, the following states offer the lowest paying CNA wages:
StateMedian Hourly
Mississippi                         $9.05
Georgia & West Virginia $9.89

Even within the same state, CNA pay can differ by region and metropolitan areas. CNA pay in California, for example, averages $15.93 per hour in San Francisco, while the median CNA pay in Los Angeles is $11.61. CNA pay in New York City is $16.20, but the average pay of a CNA in Buffalo drops to $12.61. Factors that can influence CNA pay by region include demand and cost of living. Below are averages for the top 5 metro markets. 

Average Hourly Rates for Top 5 Metros

Hourly wages according to
1.     New York CNA Pay:  $16
2.     Los Angeles CNA Pay:  $15
3.     Chicago CNA Pay:  $15
4.     Dallas / Fort Worth CNA Pay:  $14
5.     Philadelphia  CNA Pay:  $15

Caregiver Benefits

CNA BENEFIT                   
Health Insurance48%
Dental Insurance39%
Vision Insurance30%

Caregiver, HHA and CNA Job Market & Pay Considerations

The career outlook for certified nursing assistants (CNAs), home health aides, and caregivers can be summed up in two words - in demand. With a large aging population, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates a 20% increase in caregiver and CNA jobs between 2010 and 2020, which is faster than the average for other occupations. Here are some other notable statistics regarding the CNA job field:
-        90% of CNAs are female and 10% of CNAs are male
-        11% of CNAs have less than one year of CNA experience
-        45% of CNAs have one to four years of CNA experience
-        20% of CNAs have five to nine years of CNA experience
-        18% of CNAs have ten to nineteen years of CNA experience
-        6% of CNAs have twenty+ years of CNA experience

Caregivers and certified nursing assistants are similar professions within the healthcare industry, but caregiver and CNA pay differ based on the specific job. CNAs and HHAs are required to complete state-approved certification and be licensed in the state where practicing. This license gives CNAs more authority and responsibilities than a caregiver, as well as a higher pay rate.
While the pay difference between a CNA/HHA and a caregiver seems incremental, the few extra dollars per hour add up:
Job Type     Average Hourly WageLifetime Salary
Certified Nursing Assitant (CNA)                 $11.54$960,400
Difference in Pay: Caregiver & CNA$2.29$204,400

The national average pay for a CNA ranges from $8.55 per hour at the low end to $16.62 on the high end. The median CNA hourly rate is $11.54. Annually, average CNA pay goes from $17,800 to $34,600 at the high end, with a median salary of $24,000.

PercentileNational CNA Pay - HourlyNational CNA Pay - Salary

How to Increase Caregiver & CNA Pay

As a caregiver, the most effective way to increase your pay is through education, caregiver training, and finding the right caregiver job.  Advanced caregiver certification shows employers you’re knowledgeable and up-to-date. An investment of time—as low as 10 hours—can increase caregiver pay and make you a more competitive player in the marketplace.   On the job experience is a great way to increase Caregiver, HHA, & CNA pay.

CNA pay—much like other professions—is lower when first starting out. But with additional years of experience, CNAs increase their pay rate.
Average CNA Salary
Less than one year                        $7.83 - $12.27
5+ years$8.67 - $14.49
20+ years$9.22 - $16.51

Caregiver and CNA rate of pay also goes up when employees work overtime, weekend, evening or holiday shifts, and as caregiver and CNAs receive more training.
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