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Registered Nurse Salary

Posted by travel | September 28, 2012 | Travel Nursing Jobs

There has been a significant shortage in the amount or nurses around the United States, and because of this we have really seen a large demand and people are starting to take notice and consider different aspects of the career field. The nurses that are active currently are able to take advantage of the shortage and get paid exactly what they deserve. We are also seeing that entry-level pay has definitely gone up over the last decade as well, way more than the normal inflation rate. I have put together some of the career options and statistics for nurses in one article.

Most of the time those that become a registered nurse go through an associate’s degree program and then they take the the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses) and pass it. There are also other diploma programs that you can consider as well. These are the programs that are given out by hospitals a majority of the time rather than colleges. Some of these programs though can take even longer than an associate’s degree program. Those diploma programs also are typically specialized in a certain area such as cardiology or one of the other┬áspecialization’s.

After most of the students become a RN, they are usually found wanting to further their educational experience and take everything to the next level. That is where they will find a bachelor’s degree program in which they can use it to become an educator or nursing administrator. They can also just get the bachelor’s to work higher up than where they are currently or in a specialized position. In 2011 the average salary for RN’s was just over $65,000 annually in the United States. Usually entry level RN’s can expect to earn about $20 an hour and move up with experience and skill set.

APNs (Advanced Practice Nurses)

An APN is someone that has earned a master’s degree in the area that they want to put their focus on. They are working very closely with patients, much like doctors. Some times they will be under the supervision of a physician and some times they will be under their own direction. There are CRNAs, or Certified Nurse Anesthetist, who make a starting salary of close to $100,000 a year. Then there are the CNSs, or the Clinical Nurse Specialists, who start at an average salary of $65,000 to $85,000 annually. Finally there is a certified nurse midwife, that starts at a little over $75,000 a year.


Registered Nurse Salary Factors

Level of Nursing The different levels of nursing are all going to require different levels of training and education. Not to mention the different licenses and certificates that one has to get at each of those levels. Obviously those nurses that get a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree are usually going to make significantly more and work in a specialized higher level of nursing.

Level of Education I have already touched on this briefly, but the education level that a nurse has is going to directly affect how much money they make. Usually you will see a nurse that has a master’s degree make more than the nurses with associate’s or bachelor’s degrees.

Experience This is just about true with any job, but those that have more experience typically are going to get paid more. Usually you will have an increase in pay after your first year, and then the next pay increases will come every other year or every five years.

Where You Are Working The location in which you work is also going to have a lot to do with how much you get paid. The nurses that work in cities that are larger in the United States are going to earn more than nurses in rural areas most of the time. But, the drawback is that usually the cost of living is higher in those larger cities. Who employs you may also be a factor in the salary that you make annually.

Your Specialization Depending on your specialty, you can usually earn more or less than other nurses. Obviously those specialties that have a high demand are usually going to pay more than those that are more common. The type of working conditions can also play a big role.