CNA Pay vs. Phlebotomists, Medical Assistants, and More

While we’ve put together an exhaustive resource explaining how much CNAs make across the United States, it can be useful to compare how CNAs get paid compared to other similar professions in the healthcare field. So, today we’re going to do a quick rundown on what you can expect from other positions you may be considering.

CNA vs. Phlebotomists

Phlebotomists are healthcare professionals who specialize in collecting and handling blood samples. They draw blood from patients for various purposes, such as testing, donations, and research. Phlebotomists ensure accurate specimen collection, follow strict protocols, and maintain a sterile environment. They interact with patients, explain procedures, and label and document samples. Phlebotomists also handle administrative tasks and play a crucial role in delivering accurate test results and contributing to patient care.

But how much do they make?

The report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2022 put the median annual wage for phlebotomists at $37,380. The median wage from the same report for CNAs came in at $35,760.

CNA vs. Medical Assistants

Medical assistants perform both administrative and clinical tasks in healthcare settings. On the administrative side, they handle front desk activities, schedule appointments, and manage patient records. In a clinical capacity, medical assistants measure vital signs, assist with medical procedures, and provide patient education. Their role supports efficient patient care and the smooth operation of healthcare facilities.

But how much do they make?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for a medical assistant in their 2022 report was $37,190 per year. That’s $1,430 more than the median pay for a CNA in the same report.

CNA vs. Other medical professions

Our data shows us that the most compared professions for CNAs are the two listed above, but there are many other health professions that people often compare CNAs to. Here’s how the pay from those jobs compares – again, all numbers coming from the median pay listed in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2022 report.

  • Home Health Aides: $29,430
  • Pharmacy Technician: $36,740
  • Medical Transcriptionist: $30,100
  • Medical Records Specialist: $46,660
  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse: $48,070

If you’re interested in learning more about some of these positions we recommend you check out the following resources:

As you can see, the pay rates for these healthcare jobs can vary quite a bit. It’s important to do your homework on these before you decide on pursuing one as a career. Some questions you may want to ask yourself while you research these different positions include:

  • How does this job fit my lifestyle?
  • Does this position fit my long-term career goals?
  • How much will it cost to become licensed or certified?
  • How long will training take?