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Washington CNA Salaries

In Washington, the first Thursday in June each year is designated as “Nursing Assistant Day” to honor those who provide the hands-on-care that definitely impacts the quality of life of the patients that they care for. With a shortage of professionals in the medical field, especially in nursing, certified nursing assistants (CNAs) can expect to find job opportunities to increase in the State of Washington.


During 2006, there were 23,830 nursing assistants employed in the state of Washington and by 2016, this number is expected to increase by 22 percent to 29,100 according to statistics from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor in conjunction with the State of Washington’s Employment Security Agency. Overall, average certified nursing assistant (CNA) salaries in Washington are probably $36,000 annually, according indeed.com, an online job search Website that tracks employment information and wages.  For other major cities in Washington, a median salary for a CNA in Seattle is $35,000, for Tacoma is $33,000, Spokane is $35,000 and for Bellevue, salary is $35,000. These figures do not take into account years of work experience.

CNAs can expect to find employment at nursing homes, continuing care and assisted living facilities and hospitals such as the University of Washington Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, Sacred Heart Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center.


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