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Nurse Salary

Nurse Salary

 

Nurse Salaries by Area

 

Like every other job, the salary ranges for registered nurses vary from region to region in this country, vary based on experience, vary based on the size of the organization, arrangements for night shifts, and so on.  Generally speaking, salaries in this country are highest in the northeast and lowest in the south.  At the end of 2005, the census bureau released figures showing that median household incomes reflected these trends.

 

Connecticut, with a median household income of $56,409, supplanted New Jersey as the country's highest wage state in 2003, the most recent year available. New Jersey slid to second, at $56,356, followed by Maryland, Massachusetts and New Hampshire Mississippi had the lowest median income, at $32,397. West Virginia, Arkansas, Louisiana and Montana rounded out the bottom five.

 

The median household income for the nation — half were higher, half were lower — was $43,318.

 

For nurses, the median income centers shift slightly.  Selected states show the median income for registered nurses as follows:

                                   

Registered Nurses Median Salary

 

California

$54070

Connecticut

$49480

New York 

$50470

Massachusetts

$49200

New Jersey

$50880

Texas 

$42620

Florida

 $42350

Pennsylvania

 $43510

Ohio

 $40950

Illinois

$41910

Michigan

 $45500

Louisiana

 $42180

Mississippi

 $39940

Montana

 $36640

Arkansas

 $38280

 

That provides a pretty good picture of nursing salaries in the various regions of the country.

 

 

Nurse Salaries by Specialty

 

This table will show the median salaries for nurse practitioner taken from some of the high states, the low states, states known for their high cost of living and a couple of Midwestern states. 

 

Nurse Practitioner Median Salary:

 

Connecticut

$69500

New York

$67750

New Jersey

$68000

California

$72800

Massachusetts

$61000

Florida

$68000

Arkansas

$60000

Mississippi

$64250

Ohio

$65000

Michigan

$65000

 

 

Nurse Salaries by Job Category

 

Here is a table of national median salaries for a number of jobs in the nursing industry.

 

                                   

Registered Nurse (RN)

$42000

Nurse Practitioner

$60000

Nurse Manager 

$55000

Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse 

$33500

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) 

$24500

Director, Nursing

$56750

Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) 

$102000

Nurse Operating Room

$35000

             

 

This last table is an excellent illustration of the steps on the ladder in the nursing industry.  The lowest rung is the certified nursing assistant, a position that can be attained with a high school diploma and a training course of a few months’ duration.  Moving through the classifications of LVN and LPN to the Registered Nurse, salaries climb steadily as do the educational and certification requirements.   With one management position slightly above the RN, the ladder then tops out with the advanced nursing positions, all of which require a master’s degree or the academic equivalent in hours and credits of educational endeavor.

 

If you are of an inquisitive bent, you can click through the U.S. Census Bureau website or the Department of Labor Bureau of Statistics for information that might be slightly more specific. 

 

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