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How Much Do Nurses Make?

The largest sector in the entire health care industry is of registered nurses. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, reports that there are more than 2.7 million individuals employed in the said p

The largest sector in the entire health care industry is of registered nurses. The

Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, reports that there are more than 2.7 million

individuals employed in the said position as of the middle of 2011. Aside from these,

there are also the licensed practical nurses and the licensed vocational nurses, or

what we call the LPNs and the LVNs. They account for an additional 729,140 jobs.

The job is extremely physical, aside from the emotional and mental demands of

the job. Nurses work very long and unpredictable hours. The job requires the huge

responsibility of helping out patients and their relatives during their most trying

times and vulnerable moments. But on the other end of the spectrum, nurses are

also expected to complete seemingly mundane and routine tasks that are actually

important to keep the hospital operations running smoothly.

The market is extremely competitive, but it does pay well. Let us take a look now at

the salaries that nurses earn.

7 How Much Do Nurses Make?

The BLS recently came out with the following data as to the average wages of

nurses.

Mean Salary - $69,880

Median Salary - $65,950

LPNs and LVNs, however, receive a substantially less figure.

LPNs and LVNs Salary - $41,170

The salary range is actually quite broad for the profession. The highest paid nurses

may get more than double than the least paid. To wit, the salaries may vary as such:

Top 10 Percent of Registered Nurses - $96,630

Bottom 10 Percent of Registered Nurses - $44,970

Of course, just like any other profession, a nurse’s experience counts a lot when it

comes to pay.

New Nurses - $23 per hour

Experienced Nurses - $35 per hour

6 Average Salary of Nurses Through the Years

The demand for nurses has grown continuously for the past several years. This is a

result of an ageing population that would require more nursing care. Also, the rapid

advances in medical technology mean that more disorders can now be treated.

These treatments require the attention of not only the physician, but also of a nurse.

As a result, the average salary of nurses has been increasing progressively over the

last 10 years. To illustrate, the average salaries were:

2002 - $44,800

2004 - $54,020

2006 - $59,710

2008 - $65,220

2010 - $67,720

Compared to other health care practitioners, a nurse’s salary is not that bad. While

it may still be below the salaries of physical and occupational therapists, nurses still

earn more than double what paramedics and medical assistants are getting.

Physical Therapists - $78,270

Occupational Therapists - $73,820

Paramedics - $30,710

Medical Assistants - $29,100

5 Kinds of Hospital

A nurse’s salary may vary depending on the kind of hospital where she works.

As may be expected, nurses in private hospitals earn more than those in public

hospitals. State public hospitals also pay higher than local public medical facilities.

Nurses in Private Hospitals - $70,330

Nurses in State Hospitals - $67,870

Nurses in Local Hospitals - $67,140

The same pattern holds true for LVNs and LPNs.

LPNs and LVNs in Private Hospitals - $41,740

LPNs and LVNs in State Hospitals - $41,290

LPNs and LVNs in Local Hospitals - $38,380

Salaries may also vary depending on the type of hospital where a nurse works.

Those in specialty hospitals tend to get paid a bit more than those in general medical

and surgical hospitals, as well as those in psychiatric and substance abuse medical

centers.

Nurses in Specialty Hospitals - $74,310

Nurses in General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - $69,810

Nurses in Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - $66,250

Again, this pattern holds true for LPNs and LVNs.

LPNs and LVNs in Specialty Hospitals - $43,070

LPNs and LVNs in General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - $41,060

LPNs and LVNs in Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - $41,200

4 Surgical Nurses

One good way of earning a bit more is by specializing on a particular field. Nurses

also earn more as they move up the corporate ladder and attain more administrative

responsibilities. Those in large hospitals, or facilities with more than 10 operating

rooms, also get paid significantly higher than nurses in small medical centers. For

first assistants, the average pay are the following:

First Assistant in Small Facilities - $71,000

First Assistant in Facilities in Large Hospitals - $81,500

If the nurse gets promoted to a higher position, like supervisor, manager or team

leader, she can expect an improved salary.

Supervisors, Managers and Team Leaders in Small Facilities - $79,900

Supervisors, Managers and Team Leaders in Large Hospitals - $84,900

Years of experience, skills and even an advanced education, like a master’s degree,

may get a nurse a directorship role in the hospital.

Director or Vice President of Nursing in Small Facilities - $95,200

Director or Vice President in Large Hospitals - $127,800

3 Pediatric Nurses

The pay of pediatric nurses also varies depending on the area of the country she

works in. Certification also counts a lot.

Non-Certified

Southeast - $29.30 per hour

Northeast - $32.02 per hour

Midwest - $32.47 per hour

Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes - $33.26 per hour

West - $56 per hour

Certified

Southeast - $36.84 per hour

Northeast - $42.89 per hour

Midwest – no figure available

Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes - $38.57

West - $64.50 per hour

2 Neonatal Nurses

The same holds true for neonatal nurses, with nurses in the West Coast enjoying a

substantially higher rate than the rest of the country.

Non-Certified

Southeast - $54,456

Northeast - $71,723

Midwest - $57,333

Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes - $59,445

West - $85,935

Certified

Southeast - $64,700

Northeast - $73,334

Midwest - $71,000

Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes - $70,618

West - $92,920

1 Places that Offer the Best Salary for Registered Nurses

Considering from the above figures that nurses in the West Coast are paid a lot

more, it may be nice to see which particular areas reward the nurses the most.

San Jose - $116,150

Oakland - $100,900

San Francisco - $97,600

Salinas - $97,450

Napa - $97,090

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