Connecticut employers of nursing assistants do not always require even a high school diploma or equivalent, but nursing assistants who work in nursing homes or other skilled nursing facilities must be certified. Becoming a certified nursing assistant involves completing formal training and passing a competency exam. The amount a CNA makes in Connecticut is generally higher than nationwide figures for this occupation.
Median salaries for Connecticut CNAs vary by location, but not to an extreme degree, as shown by data at Salary.com. CNAs in New London have a median annual salary of $29,830 as of March 2011, in Norwich $29,999, in Torrington $30,140, in Hartford $30,675, in Milford $31,183, in Danbury $31,352 and in Bridgeport $31,831. In comparison, the nationwide median salary for CNAs is $28,194.
In this group of Connecticut cities, the lowest salaries were in New London, where the bottom 10 percent of CNAs earn $24,896 and less, and the highest salaries in Bridgeport, where the top 10 percent make more than $37,790 annually. Nationwide, the middle 50 percent of CNAs earn $25,754 to $30,957 per year, which ranks the median salaries for CNAs in Bridgeport, Danbury and Milford in the top 25 percent nationally.
CNAs employed in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities tend to have lower salaries than CNAs in other employment settings. Looking at Hartford as a representative salary in the state, as the salary in the middle of the data, the median annual pay for CNAs in Hartford nursing homes is $26,081. The bottom 10 percent earn $23,282 per year and less, and the top 10 percent $29,163 and higher. Hartford CNAs working in other types of long-term care facilities earn a median salary of $27,584 per year. The entire salary range is wider in other types of long-term care, with the bottom 10 percent making $21,723 and less, and the top 10 percent $35,019 and higher.
Salaries for Available Positions
Job listings at Indeed.com in 2011 show a need for CNAs in Connecticut in many work settings. Most available positions are in nursing homes, senior living centers, home health care and live-in care situations. Jobs also are available for CNAs in Connecticut general hospitals, medical centers and hospices. Posted pay rates range from about $11 to $17 per hour, translating to about $22,900 to $35,400 per year.