In Maryland, the Board of Nursing oversees the certification of several types of CNAs (certified nursing assistants): geriatric nursing assistants, home health aides and medicine aides. In May 2009, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, estimated the salary of CNAs in Maryland based on nursing aide, orderly and attendant occupations.
An estimated 30,360 nursing aides were employed in Maryland in May 2009, the BLS says, and median annual wages were $27,190. The 25th percentile earned $22,970, and the 75th percentile earned $33,090. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $20,260, while the highest 10 percent earned more than $40,930.
Nursing aides work part or full time. Some earn hourly wages and overtime for working over 40 hours a week. Median hourly wages were $12.36 per hour, the BLS says. 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 metropolitan areas in Maryland surveyed by the BLS, the St. Mary’s County area paid the highest wages, with an annual median salary of $28,540, or $13.72 per hour. In the Bethesda area, annual median wages were $27,800, or $13.37 per hour. In the Salisbury area, annual median wages were $25,790, or $12.40 per hour.
Highest Levels of Employment
Maryland's highest level of employment for nursing aides, orderlies and attendants was in the Baltimore area, where 17,910 worked as of May 2009, according to the BLS. This number represents approximately 41 percent of nursing aides and people in related occupations. Their annual median wages were $27,390, or $13.17 per hour. Bethesda employed 5,610 nursing aides and those in related occupations. Hagerstown employed 1,240 nursing aides, where annual median wages were $26,130, or $12.56 per hour.