Travel Certified Nursing Assistant Salary Guide

CNAs support registered nurses (RN) and licensed practical nurses (LPN) in healthcare settings, providing direct care for multiple patients. They're typically responsible for daily tasks, including bathing, dressing, grooming and feeding those needing assistance with activities of daily living. In some facilities, they use special lifts to transfer or move residents. CNAs monitor and document each patient's vital signs, condition and overall well-being. They communicate key details and concerns to the supervising nurse and participate in shift reports.

Nursing assistants are key in patient engagement, building relationships and creating a welcoming environment. The CNA's scope of practice is usually limited to personal care, monitoring and transportation, but some states allow non-sterile dressing changes and blood draws with supervision and additional training.

How do you become a Certified Nursing Assistant?

To become a CNA, you must complete a nursing assistant training program approved by your state's nursing board. Most programs require a high school diploma or GED. You can find CNA training courses at trade schools and community colleges. Training takes about 3 months, but the length can vary based on your state's required training and clinical hours. Some institutions offer expedited programs that last only 3 to 4 weeks. Once you pass the training, you must sit for your state's certification exam. The exam usually includes a written component and an in-person clinical skills test.

What credentials/licensing does a Certified Nursing Assistant require?

Most states require you to complete the certification process and register as a CNA. To be certified, you must pass your state's certified nursing assistant certification exam and submit a certification application. If the nursing board approves your application, you register with the state. CNA registration typically comes up for renewal every 2 years. Given the shortage of healthcare workers, some employers may hire you right out of a training program with the expectation that you’ll be certified within a specified time.

Average Travel Certified Nursing Assistant Salary

$798/week

The average salary for a Travel Certified Nursing Assistant is $798 per week.

Last updated on May 28, 2023. Based on 441 active jobs on Vivian.com in the last 7 days.

Where do Travel Certified Nursing Assistants get paid the most?
StateAverage Weekly SalaryMax Weekly Salary
Oregon$1,206$1,301
Wisconsin$1,148$1,380
What cities pay the most for Travel Certified Nursing Assistants?
CityAverage Weekly SalaryMax Weekly Salary
Salem, Massachusetts$1,369$1,417
Somerville, Massachusetts$1,280$1,280
Newburyport, Massachusetts$1,184$1,184
What are the highest paying Employers and Agencies for Travel Certified Nursing Assistant jobs?
Average Weekly SalaryMax Weekly Salary
Custom Healthcare Solutions$2,012$2,012
GQR Healthcare$1,650$1,920
GetMed LTC$1,340$1,340
Kiwi Healthcare$1,325$1,325
Genie Healthcare$1,297$1,467
LRS Healthcare - Long Term Care$1,250$1,250
SkyBridge Healthcare Skilled Nursing$1,239$1,350
TotalMed Staffing$1,228$1,228
Connected Health Care $1,200$1,200
NavAid Health$1,189$1,250

Top Travel Certified Nursing Assistant Jobs

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Travel CNA

  • Bethel Park, PA
    • 5x8 hrs
Travel
1 day ago

$784/wk

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Travel CNA - Long Term Care

  • Whitehall Boro Nursing & Rehab
  • Pittsburgh, PA
    • 5x8 hrs
    • Nights
Travel
1 day ago

$554/wk

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Travel CNA

  • Pittsburgh, PA
    • 5x8 hrs
Travel
1 day ago

$526/wk

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Travel CNA - Long Term Care

  • Whitehall Boro Nursing & Rehab
  • Pittsburgh, PA
    • 5x8 hrs
    • Evenings
Travel
1 day ago

$495/wk

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Travel CNA

  • Pittsburgh, PA
    • 5x8 hrs
Travel
1 day ago

$470/wk

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Do travel Certified Nursing Assistants earn more than staff Certified Nursing Assistants?

One way to increase your income as a CNA is to switch from a staff position to a higher-paying travel job. Focus your job search on areas with a high demand for travel CNAs. If you prefer to work as a staff CNA, consider moving to a state with higher average CNA salaries and lower living costs. Alternatively, look for open CNA jobs with high-paying junior colleges or dental offices Travel CNAs earned $844 per week on average, which works out to about $21.10 per hour for a 40-hour workweek, according to Vivian's salary data on April 29, 2023. Comparatively, the average staff CNA earned $17.18 per hour on that same date, making a travel contract more lucrative by about $4 per hour.

What states employ the most Certified Nursing Assistants?

According to May 2022 data from the BLS, the states with the most employment opportunities for CNAs based on the highest employment levels included:

  • California: 99,930

  • Florida: 89,110

  • Texas: 81,170

  • New York: 80,100

  • Pennsylvania: 66,800

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Travel Certified Nursing Assistant FAQs

What professional certifications can potentially increase my salary as a Certified Nursing Assistant?

Earning your Certified Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistant (CHPNA) often increases your salary potential as a certified nursing assistant or makes you eligible for another position with greater responsibilities, which also might include a bump in wages.

Can having a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistant (CHPNA) boost my salary as a Certified Nurse Assistant?

Yes, having a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistant (CHPNA) or any relevant professional certification has the potential to boost your salary as a certified nurse assistant.