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Registered Nurse (RN) Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for an RN in 2010 was roughly $65,000. The top 10 percent of RNs earned an average of $95,000 a year while the bottom 10 percent made about $45,000 a year. Nurses specializing personal care, or those working for private-sector pharmaceutical companies or medical device manufactureres earned the highest wages of any nursing field. Registered nurses working in Maryland, New York, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and California earn the highest annual salaries nationwide. RNs employed in California earn average salaries of $83,040 annually. In other high wage states, the median annual salary for registered nurses is between $73,160 - 79,390 a year.

Overall, nursing salaries are influenced by several factors, including:
  • Level of education and/or type of degree earned
  • Years of experience in a specific field of nursing
  • State and city where you work (cost of living)
  • Type of work performed
  • Type of nursing specialty
  Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Nursing Salaries
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), also refered to as Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) usually train for their careers via a year long program offered by hospitals, community colleges or vocational schools. Upon completion of the LPN program, students must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) to earn their state nursing licensure. LPNs typically earn less than RNs and other nurse specialists.

Industry

Annual Mean Wage

Nursing Care Facility

$42,600

Hospital

$40,500

Doctor's Office

$37,500

Home Health Care

$42,600

Community Care Elderly Facility

$42,500



  Registered Nurse (RN) Nursing Salaries
Registered Nurse (RN) is one of the most popular nursing designations. To become a registered nurs you must complete a nursing diploma program, earn a two-year associate's degree or a four-year bachelor's degree in nursing. Upon graduation, nurse candidates must then pass the NCLEX-RN exam to obtain their registered nursing license.

Industry

Annual Mean Wage

Hospitals

$68,700

Physician's Office

$70,500

Home Health Care

$63,900

Nursing Home Facilities

$60,000

Outpatient Care Centers

$67,500



  Advanced Practiced (AP) Nursing Salaries
In addition to a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (MSN), Advanced Practice Nurses must have a Master's Degree in Nursing (MSN). Like Medical Doctors, Advanced Practice Nurses provide direct patient patient care services. As Advanced Practices Nurses are required to hold an advanced degree, they typically earn more than Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses.

AP Nursing Category

Annual Mean Salary

Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

$156,000

Certified Nurse Midwife

$91,000

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

$88,000

Nurse Practitioner (NP)

$90,000

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

$89,800

  Nursing Salaries for Various Nurse Specialists
There are several different types of nurse specialists. Below are just a few of most common. Earns for each type of nurse are dependant on education level, location, nature of services performed and experience.

Nurse Specialist

Annual Mean Salary

Clinical Nurse Specialist

$88,586

Critical-Care Nurse

$61,983

Emergency Nurse

$60,000

Hospice/Palliative Care Nurses

$65,330

Labor & Delivery Staff Nurse

$58,440

Neonatal Nurse

$68,350

Nephrology Nurse

$71,000

Nurse Anesthetist

$156,000

Nurse Educator

$65,240

Nurse Executive

$178,826

Nurse Midwife

$91,321

Nurse Practitioner

$90,200

Nurse Researcher

$57,000

Occupational Health Nurse

$63,472

Oncology Nurse

$63,257

Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner

$81,000

Pediatric Nurse

$58,100

Perioperative (O.R.) Nurse

$68,473

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse

$66,530

Public Health Nurse

$72,000

Registered Nurse (RN)

$65,130

School Nurse

$43,893

Staff Nurse

$65,500

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

$76,430





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