Certified nursing assistants, or CNAs, provide for the comfort, well-being and safety of patients and residents in nursing homes, other long-term care facilities and hospitals. A CNA helps these individuals with daily living activities such as bathing and grooming, transporting them to activities or appointments in the facility, taking vital signs and reporting any changes in the patient's condition to the supervising nurse. The amount of money a CNA makes in Atlanta, Georgia, is similar to the nationwide average for this occupation.
Atlanta CNAs have a median annual salary of $28,251 as of March 2011, according to Salary.com. That's nearly the same as the nationwide median salary for CNAs of $28,194 per year. The middle 50 percent of Atlanta CNAs earn $25,805 to $31,019 per year. The bottom 10 percent make less than $23,580 annually, and the top 10 percent earn more than $33,540.
Not all nursing assistants in Georgia must be certified, but federal law requires this credential for those who work in nursing homes and other skilled nursing facilities, including skilled nursing units in hospitals. Becoming certified involves completing a certain amount of formal training and passing an exam. The median annual salary for a nursing assistant in Atlanta without certification is $26,397, about 7 percent less than the CNA median salary there.
Types of Employment
Atlanta CNAs working in certain types of employment have varying salaries. Those working in nursing homes have an annual median salary of $24,019. The bottom 10 percent of these CNAs earn $21,442 and less, and the top 10 percent $26,858 and higher. CNAs working in long-term care facilities in Atlanta have a median yearly salary of $25,404. The pay range is wider for these CNAs, with the top 10 percent earning less than $20,000 per year, and the top 10 percent more than $32,250. Atlanta CNAs working in occupational health have a median annual salary of $27,902. The bottom 10 percent earn less than $23,710 per year, and the top 10 percent have yearly salaries of $33,137 and higher.
The Atlanta median CNA salary of $28,251 is higher than that of other cities relatively close by. The median salary in Macon for CNAs is $26,559, in Columbus $26,249, in Rome $25,635, in Athens $25,306 and in LaGrange $24,853.
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