‘Healthcare workers or caregivers are so grossly underpaid’ Employee Considers Quitting After Discovering Dollar Store Offering $17 Per Hour

In a world where the cost of living is constantly rising, the wages offered by different sectors are under scrutiny.

The Spark that Ignited the Conversation

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A healthcare worker in Utah recently shared her contemplation about switching jobs after discovering that the Dollar Store is offering a higher hourly wage than what she currently earns. This revelation, shared through a video on a social media platform, has garnered significant attention, with over 79,000 views since its release last Thursday.

The video showcases the worker mouthing the lyrics to Adele’s “Chasing Pavements” with a caption that reads,

“When I find out the Dollar Store is hiring at $17 an hour and I’m making $15.50 to wipe butts and get yelled at by old people.”

The Reality of Being a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

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The individual who posted the video is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), a role that provides primary care to patients, including assisting with daily activities and personal hygiene.

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) in the United States have varying salaries depending on several factors, including their state, their years of experience, and their work setting, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for CNAs is around $30,290 or $14.56 per hour. However, other sources like Salary.com and ZipRecruiter report slightly higher averages, at $35,164 and $40,170 annually, respectively.

The salary can also vary significantly between states, with CNAs in New Jersey earning around $42,163 annually, which is considerably higher than in West Virginia, where the annual salary is about $28,758.

Experience also plays a role in determining the salary, with CNAs having more than ten years of experience earning around $22.39 per hour, compared to those with less than a year of experience earning about $18.63 per hour.

The video has sparked a series of comments from other CNAs sharing their experiences.

One person highlighted the benefits of being a CNA, stating,

“Only issue is CNA gets more hours than Dollar Store, and better benefits and builds a pretty good portfolio.”

However, another individual pointed out the toll the job takes on one’s physical and mental health.

Personal Experiences and Insights from CNAs

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The conversation has brought various personal experiences and insights from individuals working as CNAs.

One person shared a heartwarming experience of spending time with a resident, emphasizing the joy and fulfillment derived from the job.

Another individual revealed the minimal wage increase they received over two years at the same facility, a mere 20-cent raise.

The discussion also highlighted the workload that CNAs often have to bear, with one person lamenting,

“They literally have me do the work of 2-3 CNAs. I am one human being.”

One comment jokingly added, “Healthcare workers or caregivers are so grossly underpaid”

Despite the challenges, there was also advice encouraging individuals not to settle for less, with one person sharing their success in negotiating a higher wage.

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In recent times, the dynamics of job hunting have evolved, with many turning to online platforms to find their next opportunity.

One such platform that has been a go-to for many is Indeed.

However, recent user experiences suggest that the platform might not be as effective as it once was.

“I’m just not built for a 9-5 no matter what it is”- Woman Ready to Quit New Job After Just 4 Days

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A recent viral post highlighted a sentiment that many can relate to: the challenges and dissatisfaction of traditional 9-5 jobs.

A woman expressed her desire to leave her new position only four days after starting, sparking a wave of empathy and shared experiences from others.


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