Where Do Nurses Make the Most Money?

When searching for a nursing job, many nurses will look for a combination of priorities, including the salary. Multiple factors may influence varying salaries for nurses across the country and in different healthcare settings.

Education Level

One of the most direct impacts to salary is the level of education the nurse has achieved or the position requires. Nurses with a BSN typically have a higher salary than nurses with an LPN. Additionally, Advanced Practice Nurses, who have Master’s Degrees, typically have a higher salary to compensate for the additional education required. This includes Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), Nurse Practitioners (NPs), and Certified Nurse Midwives.

Geographic Location

The geographic region or state can also impact salary, but this is tricky as it requires factoring in the different costs of living. For example, California usually tops the list of the highest nursing salary, but this state also has a higher cost of living. Other states that usually offer high salaries include Hawaii, Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, and Oregon, while states in the Southeast typically have lower salaries.

Nursing Roles and Specialties

Within a hospital, the salary tends to be relatively consistent from one unit to another, but some specialty areas, such as pediatrics, may have a slightly higher salary. Outside of the hospital, salaries may be slightly higher in outpatient clinics or ambulatory surgery centers. However, positions in doctors’ offices and nursing homes typically pay less.

Scheduling Possibilities

Finally, flexibility in location or shifts can also boost salary. Travel nurses tend to have a higher hourly wage compared to staff nurses in the same role. But as a travel nurse, there is less stability in when and where jobs are available. It may require moving at the end of a contract, which may range from 3 to 12 months. Further, willingness to work less desired shifts, such as the night shift, and/or taking “on-call” shifts may increase the hourly wage.

Where Nurses Make the Most Money

Recent Posts

What Is Sepsis?

Over 30 million people worldwide, including approximately 3 million new…

What Is Toxic Shock Syndrome?

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is a rare disease where an increase of bacte…

Five Risk Factors for Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is the cumulation of five identified factors that in…

Keep Reading

National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse Blog

Drug Administration Routes

National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse Blog

Nurse’s Tips for Calling a Doctor

National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse Blog

Five Risk Factors for Metabolic Syndrome