A certified nursing assistant, or nurse aide, provides basic care to patients in medical settings, to residents of nursing homes and to individuals in their own homes. Depending on the person's condition, the CNA helps with daily living activities such as getting in and out of bed, bathing, dressing and eating. She turns patients to prevent bedsores, provides incontinence care, checks vital signs and reports changes in the patient's condition to a supervising nurse. The amount a CNA makes in Illinois varies with location.
Salaries for Illinois CNAs are highest in Chicago, where the median pay rate as of March 2011 is $29,914 per year, according to Salary.com. CNAs in Carbondale have a median annual salary of $25,051, in Bloomington $26,187, in Moline $26,503, in Springfield $27,320, in Rockford $27,348 and in Granite City $28,025. The salary in Granite City is closest to the nationwide median for CNAs of $28,194 annually.
The middle 50 percent of Illinois CNAs in this combination of cities earn about $22,880 to $32,850 per year. In comparison, CNAs in the middle 50 percent salary range nationwide make roughly $25,750 to $30,960, which ranks Carbondale in the bottom 25 percent nationally. In Carbondale, the bottom 10 percent of CNAs earn less than $20,910 per year. CNA salaries in Illinois are highest in Chicago, where the top 10 percent earn $35,515 annually and higher.
Types of Employment
CNA salaries in Illinois also vary with the type of employment. Common employment settings for CNAs are nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Looking at Springfield as a representative median salary for Illinois, or the salary in the middle of the figures, CNAs working in Springfield nursing homes have a median annual salary of $23,228 as of March 2011, and in other long-term care facilities $24,567.
In Illinois, nursing assistants must be certified to legally work for skilled nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities and home health agencies. Becoming a CNA involves completing a state-approved training program, nursing training in the military or a course such as fundamentals of nursing as part of a licensed practical nursing or registered nursing program. Illinois also requires passing a written exam. Non-certified nursing assistants in Springfield have a median salary of $25,527 per year compared with the median of $27,320 for CNAs, according to Salary.com.
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