How Much Money do Nurses Really Make?

Hello and welcome to Part 3 of our “Can I Be a Nurse?” series, the first part to our guide of helping you get into the nursing school of your dreams!

In this series we talk about the profession of nursing in general. We tell you everything you need to know before deciding if nursing is the profession for you!

If you haven’t already, make sure you check out the previous articles listed here in order:

  1. What Nurses Do
  2. Where Do Nurses Work?

Today we discuss salaries for nurses. The fact that nursing is so diverse makes this conversation complex. There are several factors that will go into what you make as a nurse.

  1. Degree
  2. Experience
  3. Specialty
  4. Location
  5. Facility
  6. Negotiation

Median Pay

According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median yearly salary for nurses in 2012 was $65,470 ($31.48 per hour.) This means that half of nurses made more than this amount, and half of nurses made less than this amount. This number accounts for both nurses with associate degrees and nurses with bachelor degrees.

Lows and Highs

The lowest 10 percent of registered nurses earned less than $45,040.

The top 10 percent of registered nurses earned more than $94,720.

Compared to Other Occupations

Pay for nurses is roughly 1.88 times higher than the average occupation in America ($34,750 annually.)

Next: Job Outlook for Nursing

Further Reading

Check out these links to learn more about nursing salaries:

How Much Money Do Nurses in Your State Make?

How Much Does Each Nursing Specialty Make? (Infographic)

Registered Nurse: Salary (US News)

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