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The Salary of the Registered Nurse

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 by RNBP Admin


Compared to many professions, especially one that can be obtained in as little as two years of schooling, a Registered Nurse’s salary is highly competitive. Many hospitals are adding significant sign-on bonuses-ranging anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000-in addition to other incentives such as paid moving expenses, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As the population continues to age the competitive compensation and benefits are likely to continue for those in the nursing field.

Like other professions, a registered nurse’s salary can vary for many reasons, including level of experience, education, position, shifts worked and geographical area. According to the latest data, the mean hourly wage of a registered nurse is $30.04, or an annual salary of $60,480.  Below is a list of median salaries of registered nurses, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2007. The varying criteria is listed:

Setting Median hourly rate
hospital $30.68
Physician’s office $29.68
Home health care $28.43
Nursing care facility $27.12
Employment services $32.49

Top paying cities:

Major city Median Hourly rate
San Jose, Ca $45.95
Salinas, Ca $44.05
Oakland, a $43.88
San Francisco $43.36
Midland, Tax $41.95

Top Paying States:

State Median hourly rate
California $37.76
Hawaii $35.68
Massachusetts $36.03
New Jersey $34.08
Maryland $33.89

Hourly rates can increase significantly if you work overtime, extra holidays, or per diem (on-call), sometimes even doubling. With further education and training registered nurses have the potential to make well over $100,00 per year in areas such as Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, and administrative positions.

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