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Best States for Entry-Level Nursing Jobs

Best States for Entry-Level Nursing Jobs

Jon Wirt and

November 19, 2009

With so many nursing job openings, it begs the question: Where should you work? NursingLink is committed to providing its members with the most most pertinent career research available. Below is the 10 best places for an entry level nursing job based on salary and job openings.

10 Top Paying States for Personal and Home Care Aides

The median salary for Personal and Home Care Aides in the United States is $8.39

State Hourly Wage
Alaska $12.91
Massachusetts $11.24
Minnesota $10.95
New Jersey $10.89
Delaware $10.83
Rhode Island $10.68
Washington $10.61
New York $10.39
New Hampshire    $10.36
Maryland $10.28

Vermont not reporting

Top 10 States with the Most Average Annual Job Openings for Personal and Home Care Aides

There are, on average, 51,860 annual job openings for Personal and Home Care Aides in the United States

State Average Annual
Job Openings
New York 3,790
California 2,400
Minnesota 1,420
Pennsylvania 1,420
North Carolina    1,230
Wisconsin 1,160
Illinois 850
Washington 830
Ohio 800
Missouri 760

Delaware, District of Colombia, Hawaii, Kansas, Texas, Virginia not reporting


• Perform health care related tasks, such as monitoring vital signs and medication, under the direction of registered nurses and physiotherapists.

• Administer bedside and personal care, such as ambulation and personal hygiene assistance.

• Prepare and maintain records of client progress and services performed, reporting changes in client condition to manager or supervisor.

• Perform housekeeping duties, such as cooking, cleaning, washing clothes and dishes, and running errands.

• Care for individuals and families during periods of incapacitation, family disruption or convalescence, providing companionship, personal care and help in adjusting to new lifestyles.

• Instruct and advise clients on issues such as household cleanliness, utilities, hygiene, nutrition and infant care.

• Plan, shop for, and prepare nutritious meals, or assist families in planning, shopping for, and preparing nutritious meals.


Customer and Personal Service – Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.