Registered nurses are in high demand due to the nursing shortage. And while registered nurses (RNs) can earn a pretty decent paycheck, you’ll find it’s all very dependent on employer type, education, work experience and specialty.
Median Annual Salary
What is my earning potential?
How do registered nurse salaries compare?
|Nursing Career||Median Annual Salary*|
|EMT & Paramedic||$31,020|
|Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse||$41,540|
*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
Is there demand for this career?
What is the job growth for the field?
The BLS anticipates registered nurse employment with grow 19 percent through 2022, which is faster than average. Be aware that national long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions.
Specifically, RN jobs in outpatient care centers that provide same-day procedures, like chemotherapy, some surgeries and rehabilitation, are expected to see faster than average growth.
Additionally, new registered nurses will be welcomed with open arms as older RNs look to retire in the coming years.
How much competition will I face for a job?
What kinds of institutions hire registered nurses?
- General medical and surgical hospitals—61 percent
- Outpatient care centers—7 percent
- Home health care services—7 percent
How do I advance in my registered nurse career?
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