How Much Does a CNA Make in Texas?

CNAs work alongside registered nurses to provide basic nursing care.
CNAs work alongside registered nurses to provide basic nursing care. (Image: Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Certified nursing assistants, or CNAs, are vocational nurses who work alongside registered nurses to provide health care to patients in a variety of settings. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in this field are expected to grow in number by 18 percent from 2008 to 2018. According to the bureau, there were 97,530 individuals in Texas employed as CNAs in 2010. Salaries for CNAs in Texas were lower than those of other vocational nurses nationwide.

Average Salary

The average salary for CNAs in Texas was $22,010 in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Texas was third in the nation for the number of employed CNAs behind New York and California. CNAs in California and New York also made substantially more per year at $27,920 and $31,230 per year, respectively.

National Averages

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for CNAs nationwide was $25,140 in 2010, while the median salary for CNAs was $24,010, both above the average salary for Texas CNAs. This means CNAs in Texas rank in the lower 50 percent in terms of annual pay.

Pay Scale

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the middle 50 percent of CNAs nationwide made salaries averaging from $20,600 to $29,070, placing the average salary of CNAs in Texas within the middle of the pay scale. The lowest-paid CNAs made less than $17,790 per year, according to the bureau, while the highest-paid CNAs made more than $34,580 annually.


The industry in which CNAs work also plays a role in determining pay. The highest-paying employer for CNAs was the federal government at an average salary of $35,730. Some worked for insurance carriers and made an average of $33,120, while those working in colleges and universities made an average salary of $31,410 per year in 2010.

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