The question is asked in most professions, and for the CNA training graduate, it’s no different. Many individuals looking into CNA training want to know if a man in the same field is going to receive more pay for the position than a woman will. When two people work at the same place in the same position with the same amount of experience and the same CNA training, they would expect the compensation to be equal, right? Even in today’s world, this is not always true.
Unfortunately,right here in the land of equality, women are still having to stand up for equal pay for equal work in many industries. Numerous career statistics show there’s still a discrepancy between men and women when it comes to pay, particularly in the upper ranks of the corporate world. But is it true for CNA training graduates as well? Do men receive higher pay? What about other areas of nursing? Let’s take a look
After CNA Training – Men and Women Weekly Pay
According to research published earlier by Catalyst, a non profit organization that monitors and reports work conditions, pay, discrimination, and more, — male CNA training graduates are indeed receiving slightly higher pay, even right out of CNA training class.
A report by The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) further confirmed this in all areas, stating that women’s “median usual weekly earnings were 80% of men’s in 2005 among full-time wage and salary workers.” That figure includes all careers, though. What about nursing? Generally, the higher the rank of the nurse, the bigger the problem.
In 2008 the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that female Registered Nurses earned an average weekly salary of $1,000, while their male counterparts brought home about $150 more than that.So, what’s the deal? Well of course every facility is going to treat CNA training graduates according to their own standards (which most are unspoken), but here ‘s some of the things that CNA’s and nurses we have interviewed have said:
Possible Mindsets towards CNA Training Graduates
- Men are still often considered to be the major breadwinner or head of the household. When men hire men, they often offer more money. During the course of an interview, family situations are often brought into the conversation and certainly the number of women who are the sole supporters of their household is high, but the fact remains that America may be in a “men are the providers” false mentality.
- CNA training graduates do a lot of physical labor and often men are looked at as the ones who do the major lifting and extra work with the patients. This may or may not be true, but it’s still a possible mindset.
- Men are thought to be the ones who take charge or responsibility in a crisis situation. Let’s say a patient stops breathing and there are two or three CNA training graduates in the immediate vicinity, and one of them is a male CNA. He may be the one expected to perform the CPR and make resuscitation attempts. Again, we are not saying there is any truth to this pattern of thought. We are just providing information that we have collected.
- When a female CNA training graduate is hired, it may be expected for her to be the caregiver for the children of her household. I remember in a certain facility I worked in, we were questioned during the interview process as to the number of children we had, who cared for them when they were ill, who took them to appointments, etc. It was as if we were considered a risk to hire because we may miss work due to the fact that we had children.
We want to hear from you. How do you feel about the fact that most facilities are non-unionized and many females will receive lower pay after CNA training?