How Much Does a CNA Make in Chicago?

CNAs monitor patients' vital signs, serve them meals and help patients with other basic needs.
CNAs monitor patients' vital signs, serve them meals and help patients with other basic needs. (Image: Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Certified nurse assistants in Chicago earn higher wages than some other CNAs in nearby states. Labor statistics data indicate the future demand for nurse assistants will likely be high nationwide as hospitals and nursing care facilities provide services to more people who have long-term care needs.

Industry Outlook

CNAs help patients with tasks such as eating and bathing. Some CNAs also monitor patients' blood pressure and other vital signs. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects as many as 270,000 jobs to be available in the sector as the demand for nurse assistants grows through 2018. More long-term care services provided by CNAs will likely be in demand as the U.S. senior citizen population grows. BLS data show that the mean annual wage that CNAs and other nursing aides earned in 2010 was $25,140. That's close to the average annual salary that Chicago CNAs earned that year, which was $25,070.

Hourly Wages

Chicago CNAs who earned wages by the hour in 2010 received mean hourly pay of $12.05, according to BLS data. That was slightly below the average hourly pay of $12.09 that nurse assistants received throughout the sector that year. The top paying cities for CNAs in 2010 included Nassau-Suffolk, New York, and San Francisco, where CNAs earned mean hourly pay of $16.90 and $16.64, respectively.

Salaries by State

CNAs in Chicago earn salaries that fall within the pay range for their occupation throughout the state. The BLS data show that the mean annual salary for CNAs across Illinois ranged from $24,250 to $26,670 in 2010. CNA salaries were lower that year in neighboring states such as Indiana, where the mean annual wage ranged from $23,110 to $24,100. Average salaries were higher farther east in states such as Pennsylvania, where the mean annual wage ranged from $26,700 to $28,120 in 2010.

Salaries by Sector

The BLS includes the Chicago area among areas that employ the highest number of CNAs and other nursing aides. Just over 29,400 nurse assistants worked in the Chicago area in 2010. CNAs in Chicago may earn higher wages at hospitals, which are among the largest employers for the occupation. According to the BLS, hospitals paid nurse assistants a mean annual wage of $26,770 in 2010. That's $1,700 more than the average annual pay that Chicago assistants earned in 2010. Nursing care facilities generally paid less than hospitals. CNAs earned a mean annual salary of $24,250 at nursing care facilities in 2010, which was $820 less than the average pay Chicago CNAs received that year.

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