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2021 Top Paying States For Nurses

Posted by Erica Bettencourt

Fri, Jan 22, 2021 @ 01:09 PM

nursesalaryA 2021 list ranking the best-paying states for Nurses has been released by Business.org. They calculated this list by comparing the average Nursing salary to the average income to find the percentage difference. Then they calculated how many hours Nurses must work to afford rent.

Here are some key points from the report:

Over 2.9 million Nurses work in the United States, and make an average salary of $77,460 per year.

Nationally, Nurses make 45% more than the average salary for all other occupations. And in 15 states, Nurses make more than the national average. 

Hawaii topped the list, with Nurses making 89% more than other occupations for a total salary of $104,060.

Washington DC ranks last on the list. Nurses in DC make only 5.6% more than the average salary for all other occupations.

California boasts the highest wage per hour for Nurses, at $54.44. South Dakota has the lowest wage per hour for Nurses at $28.63.

Nationally, Nurses work an average of 29.5 hours to be able to afford a month’s rent. The national average income requires 42.7 hours of work to afford rent. 

Following Hawaii, the other top states for Nursing salaries are Nevada, California, Oregon, and New Mexico. 

To view the full list of best salaries by state, click this link.

According to a U.S. News & World report, Nurse Practitioners made a median salary of $109,820 in 2019. The best-paid 25 percent made $127,030 that year, while the lowest-paid 25 percent made $92,790. 

The best paying states for Nurse Practitioners: 

  • California- $138,660
  • Washington- $126,920
  • Hawaii- $124,000
  • New Jersey- $123,810
  • Minnesota- $122,850

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2020 RN Salary Information

Posted by Erica Bettencourt

Wed, Nov 18, 2020 @ 03:08 PM

RNSalaryThe 2020 Nurse Salary Research Report,  by Nurse.com and Relias, surveyed more than 7,400 Nursing professionals nationwide.

Relias Vice President of Marketplaces, Darius Matthews, said "We hope Nurses will use these survey results to examine their individual career paths and how they can make an even bigger impact — from caring for their patients to connecting with their families at home to expanding their educations and career horizons. For employers, this data is a valuable look into how they can create and support a more equitable environment for Nursing staff."

According to the report, men continue to make more than women despite male RNs reporting less education and being less likely to be certified. The median salary for all RNs in the sample is $73,000, with $80,000 for male RNs and $72,703 for female RNs.

The report also examined demographic data and found for Registered Nurses, 78% are white, 6% Hispanic, 9% Black, 5% Asian, 1% American Indian/Alaskan Native, 1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and 1% Other.

Data shows the highest-earning RN roles and median salaries are:

  • Executive- $150,000
  • Vice President- $150,000
  • Director- $105,000
  • Nurse Manager- $92,000
  • Assistant Nurse Manager- $90,000
  • Supervisor- $79,000
Case Manager- $78,000

More than 38% of all Nurses surveyed are considering additional training and education. Cost, flexibility, and online options were the 3 most important factors when choosing a Nursing program.

Nurses with a Master's degree have an opportunity to earn more money in their careers. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for Masters educated Nurses is $115,800/year or $55.80/hour. 

Research shows, the salary of Registered Nurses has grown, on average, by 1.51%/year since 2010.

When discussing Nursing salaries, it is important to consider the state and city. Some locations pay more due to the cost of living in that area.

According to Becker’s Hospital Review, the top 5 states paying Registered Nurses the most are California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Alaska and Oregon.

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Nursing Specialties and Their Salaries

Posted by Erica Bettencourt

Mon, Dec 07, 2015 @ 12:21 PM

Nursing SalariesMany times, Nurses will choose to pursue a career in healthcare so that they will have the chance to spend their days helping others.  There is an added bonus though.  Many of the Nursing Specialties have a career trajectory of solid growth with a Nursing salary that is well above the income level of the median population.

Which one of the Nursing Specialties will give you the most job security though?  Which one has the highest salary?  The specialties listed below have been in demand the most and have the highest nursing salaries.

CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist)

Nursing Salary: $110,000 with 1,975 job postings annually.  This Nursing Specialty is the main provider for anesthesia in hospitals that have rural locations.  These Nurses assist in administering over 34 million anesthetics to various patients every year in the USA.

Pain Management Nurse

The average salary for this type of Nurse is right at $93,000 annually.  Each year there are around 871 job openings for Pain Management Nurses.  These Specialty Nurses work in tandem with other Nurses and doctors in order to treat patients who suffer from both chronic and acute pain.  They also have the responsibility of educating their patients so they can handle pain management in the future.

Geriatrics Nurse/Gerontology Nurse

The mean Nursing salary for a Geriatrics Nurse is $91,000 and annually there are close to 400 job openings across the US per year.  These Nurses can be the primary provider of health care for elderly patients in a variety of settings.  Their duties include exams and diagnosis to actually prescribing medications.  As the Baby Boomers age, this is an area where there is expected to be growth.

Family Nurse Practitioner

The mean salary for this Specialty Nurse is $88,000 annually and there are more than 7,000 job postings per year for this specialty.  These Nurses are like your family doctor.  They work with the same patients throughout their entire lives.  Many times, they will be the only health care professional for patients.  They conduct exams and can prescribe medications.

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

The salary for this type of Nurse is $86,000 annually and each year more than 4,500 job openings for this niche are posted.  This type of Nurse will treat, counsel and even medicate their patients who suffer from mental health issues.  They can work in quite a few different settings from private practices to correctional facilities and mental health clinics.

General Nurse Practitioner

The mean salary for a general Nurse Practitioner is $81,000 and there are more than 85,500 job postings for this specialty each year.  These Nurses are a critical element in regard to the health care industry and they are expected to fill the gap of primary care physicians in the years to come.  They are able to prescribe medicines and many times, they are the only health care professional that some people have.

Clinical Nurse Specialist

The Nursing salary for this specialty is $80,000 and each year there are nearly 7,000 job postings.  This type of Nurse focuses on a single area of expertise and they act as a sort of consultant to all of the rest of the Nurses on staff.  Their specialties can be anything from oncology to pediatrics and they also serve as coaches for both the staff and the patients.

Armed with this information, which one appeals to you?  If you are already on this list, would you switch to another specialty?  Which one and why?

Related Article: 

Top 10 highest paying nursing specialties (national average)

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