In accordance with federal regulations, the Pennsylvania Department of Health oversees the registry of CNAs (certified nursing assistants) who work in nursing homes. CNAs must obtain accredited training and pass a state-administered exam to become registered. In May 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated the salary of CNAs in Pennsylvania based on the broad occupational titles of nursing aides, orderlies and attendants.
Annual median wages were $26,120 in Pennsylvania. An estimated 76,990 worked in the state May 2009. The 25th percentile earned $22,020 per year and the 75th percentile earned $30,080 per year. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $19,140 per year and the highest 10 percent earned more than $34,630 per year.
Nursing aides work part-time or full-time. Some earn hourly wages and overtime wages for working over 40 hours per week. Median hourly wages were $12.36 per hour. The 25th percentile earned $10.59 per hour and the 75th percentile earned $14.46 per hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.20 per hour and the highest 10 percent earned more than $16.65 per hour.
Among the geographical areas reporting wages in Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia area had the highest levels of employment, where annual median wages were $26,380 or $12.68 per hour. In the Pittsburgh area, annual median wages were $26,020 or $12.51 per hour. The highest wages were in the Harrisburg area; annual median wages were $27,630 or $13.28 per hour.
Nationally, 1.4 million nursing aides worked in the U.S. in May 2009. Annual mean wages were $24,040 or $11.56 per hour. The 25th percentile earned $20,490 per year or $9.95 per hour. The 75th percentile earned $28,990 per year or $13.94 per hour. Nursing aides in Pennsylvania earned approximately 8 percent higher than nationally estimated wages.