Travel CNA Salary And Payscale

This article goes into the salary and payscale structure for travelling CNA’s. A travelling CNA generally refers to a CNA who travels to the home of clients (much like a traveling nurse).  Sometimes travelling CNA refers to certified nursing assistants who travel to more than one healthcare facility in their area to provide services.  The duties of a travelling CNA are much like the duties of every other nursing assistant.

Some nursing assistants like to work as a travelling CNA.  They have the opportunity to work in more than one setting.  They get to interact with multiple patients and clients.  The day is never likely to get boring.  Some travelling CNAs get to work in more than one location in the same day, which helps the day to go faster.  A travelling CNA has a chance to make a difference in the lives of many people.

A travelling nursing assistant will often make more money than a CNA who works in a single location.  The nursing assistant is compensated for the fact that he or she must travel to more than one place for work during the day or week.  He or she is also paid more income since they need to balance the care of patients in more than one location.

Some travelling nursing care agencies also pay their CNAs some mileage fees to cover the cost of their travels from one location to another.  They might be compensated in some way for the time that they spend traveling to and from the homes of clients each day for work.

On average, a travelling CNA will make $25,000-30,000 per year.  This is about $13-$15 per hour for a 40 hour workweek.  Many nursing assistants who are not travelling CNAs start out making $10 or $11 per hour.  Some nursing assistants will make even more money working for a travelling agency.

A travelling CNAs salary can depend on many factors.  Some travelling agencies pay more than others.  A certified nursing assistant is likely to earn more money with more years of experience.  The number of patients that a travelling nurse sees each day or each week can have an impact on the salary.
It is often possible for a travelling CNA to get in overtime hours.  This is especially true for CNAs with multiple clients (in the home health setting).  If a travelling CNA works overtime, their earning potential increases even more.  The amount will depend on the rate for overtime (whether it is straight time or whether the individual is paid 1 ½ times or more their regular salary.  Individuals who are ill need care 365 days per year.  Travelling nursing assistants often need to work on holidays which can provide the potential to receive additional pay as well.

Some travelling CNA agencies provide benefits for their nursing assistants as part of their salary package.  These benefits might include things like paid time off, life insurance benefits, retirement accounts or even health insurance benefits.  Certified nursing assistants who do not receive these benefits will often earn a little bit of a higher salary to compensate for the fact that they do not receive benefits.

12 Responses to Travel CNA Salary And Payscale

  1. AUDREA LAMBERT May 13, 2012 at 3:35 am #

    They have told me in the beginning that the job would pay between $10 and $15 dollors,now there saying $10 dollors an hour which I dont think is a fair wage,and I do have experience too!
    Please contact me as soon as you can if you could as i will be discussing this topic monday morning.I figure I,ll tell them what I am willing to take monetarly and if they cant or wont make the appropriate change to my houly rate than they,ll have enough time to hire someone else who will work every weekend night and day ,holidays and weekends,no benefits either for $10 bucks an hour!!!

    • Admin May 13, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

      Hi Audrea,
      You are obviously entitled to a higher salary commensurate with your experience and the work you’ll be putting in. It is however something that you should negotiate with your employer as times are difficult these days and a lot of people are looking to work for less. I hope it works out for you! best of luck!

  2. ShyDrika Batey September 19, 2012 at 3:21 am #

    I have been CNT since 2004 work in Nursing Home and Rehab Detox Center worked with people with brain injuries clients with disabilities Home Health Care would like to experence travling while working

  3. Katherine Parker June 2, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    I have just passed my CNA exam and I am very interested in becoming a Traveling CNA. I trained with the Red Cross and I am certified in all areas. I know I am a recent graduate but I am willing to work very hard and I am a fast learner. Also traveling as a nurse aid would be exciting and I would get the chance to work in different environments with different people doing different things.

  4. caroline May 23, 2015 at 12:35 am #

    First of all in the US you must be a legal citizen to be certified and also speak English. You must have a clean background and no drug intake ( illegal drugs). So many people think because they have a certification they will be hired.

    Many CNAs are lousy inservice and only do it for$. You have to be passionate and truly care about the residents, patients or clients…… So tired of people claiming they are a CNA and they truly just only passed a test….get real

  5. Starla Proctor November 1, 2015 at 9:07 pm #

    How rude. I have been certified 20 years. Many times I have seen new CNA’s have more motivation and caring than the one’s certified for years. I did staffing for my nursing department for 5 years . We hired many new CNA’s from our local CNA school and they made great employees and care givers.

  6. Ryn Zio May 17, 2016 at 8:21 pm #

    I am an unlicensed CNA – so not really a CNA, just a plain old HHA. I could probably take the CNA test and pass it, I just haven’t bothered. I have done this work for 10 years, and I am truly passionate about it. I have taught others how to do it, and keep a list of other home health aides who meet my criteria as superior Home Health Aides (Almost like a little agency, but not for my profit). I have many impeccable references. I have assembled teams to work on patient cases, and then lead those teams. We always make $15-$20 per hour. Your services are needed, and should be appropriately valued.

  7. Diana June 16, 2016 at 10:28 am #

    I have been a CNA for 17 years. I make 14.00 an hour . I live in nw Iowa. I came to work as a CNA because I wanted to care for the dying like Mother Theresa did. However, the longer I do this job the more the new residents act like asses. They have been spoiled so bad and expect one on one service. Most of the ones with full mental capacity are worse by far. And don’t get me started on the families. Holy cow!

    • J Schlocker January 16, 2018 at 10:46 pm #

      I hope you receive this response. I stumbled on this website.
      I want to tell you how much some of us appreciate your work. I am a friend of someone who has had many caregivers and has since died…
      Thank you very much!
      Hang in there!
      Sincerely, Jeff

  8. Sanne October 7, 2018 at 6:46 am #

    I travel as a CNA and make no less than 1000. per week. I just took my next assignment for 1367. per week. Honestly, I don’t know anyone who travels for less than 15/hour plus per diem. Why would they? Whoever told you CNA’s make 25,000 per year is ill-informed. I make 72,000 per year because I am good and I have experience in all areas of healthcare. Travel jobs aren’t all low-paying…just so you know.

  9. Jazmine January 1, 2021 at 2:08 am #

    I am a CNA I received my certification back in “07” here in Virginia I moved back home to Philly that same year my VA certification was transferred to PA. My Certification is still in good standing doesn’t expire until 11/21. My dilemma is that I recently moved back here to VA a few weeks ago and I am trying to transfer my certification back here to VA. I was told that since my VA license expired in 2009 I would have to get it reinstated. Is this true? Would I have to take the exams all over again? Or is it possible for me to get it transferred here in the state in of VA?

  10. Julie Paulman October 31, 2022 at 5:41 pm #

    Hello my name is Julie I have been a CNA for over 15 years and love traveling and would love to become a Traveling CNA just uncertain on how to find the right traveling agency to go through would love more information

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