How Much Do Nurses Make?

How Much Do Nurses Make?

– As of May 2018, there were roughly 3,059,800 employed Registered Nurses.

– More than 1,713,120 Registered Nurses were employed in General Medical and Surgical Hospitals.

– The state of California has the highest level of employed RNs at 302,770.

There are over 3 million employed nurses in the country. Nurses are a highly valued and respected part of the medical field. There is always a high demand for nurses and that demand continues to grow. The employment of Registered Nurses is projected to grow by 12% by 2028, which is faster than average job growth.

Nurses provide care to patients while observing, assessing, and recording their symptoms, reactions, and progress; all of these recordings help provide the basis for care planning and intervention for that patient.

If you want to become a nurse, you’re probably wondering about the job requirements as well as how much a nurse makes.

What are the Responsibilities of a Nurse?

Nurses are very important when it comes to the healthcare field. They work in a variety of areas and depending on which department or specialty you work in, your job duties can vary.

Nurses are not limited to only working in hospitals. They can also work in schools, clinics, assisted living facilities or homes, and more. Nurses can also specialize in different areas such as family practice, cardiac care, emergency nursing, and labor and delivery.

No matter what are or specialty you work in as a nurse, there are a few daily responsibilities that are consistent.

  • Monitor and record patient progress
  • Monitor and record patient vital signs
  • Create care plans for patients
  • Assist with procedures
  • Administer medications and treatment
  • Administer and monitor IV medication
  • Perform wound and skincare
  • Draw blood and collect lab work
  • Educate patients and answer their questions

To be successful as a nurse, there are several skills that you’ll need to have:

  • Professionalism
  • Attention to detail
  • Compassion
  • Critical thinking
  • Time management
  • Excellent communication skills

Nurse Work Environment

Many nurses work in hospitals, home health, public health, as well as in schools and community centers, and many other facilities. About 60% of nurses work for a state, local, or private hospital.

Your work environment will vary depending on where you work. Nonetheless, you’ll be on your feet walking and standing for a good part of your day. You will also spend a lot of time bending and stretching.

You’ll also be in close contact with people who may have infectious diseases so it’s important for nurses to follow strict guidelines to protect themselves.

Many nurses work rotating shifts so you must be flexible in your schedule and able to work irregular schedules such as on weekends and holidays.

How to Become a Nurse

  1. If you’ve decided to become a nurse, there are three different educational paths that can be taken.
  2. Diploma from an approved nursing program
  3. Associate’s degree in Nursing
  4. Bachelor’s degree in Nursing

While there are three types of education programs, having a bachelor’s degree can land you a job much easier and can broaden your employment prospects.

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Once you’ve graduated with your nursing degree, you’ll be required to take and pass the NCLEX exam. Passing the NCLEX exam is the most important part of becoming a nurse; it’s required for any prospective nurse.

The NCLEX exam determines if you’re ready and if it’s safe, for you to begin practicing as an entry-level nurse. The NCLEX exam tests the knowledge you learned in school and you will be tested on how you use critical thinking skills to make nursing judgments.

How Much Does a Nurse Make?

According to BLS.gov, as of 2019, nurses made an average of $73,300 per year or $35.24 per hour. The lowest 10% of nurses make less than $52,080 while the highest 10% earned more than $111,220. The top-paying industry for a nurse is within Business Support Services, which can be anything including administrative and support services with annual earnings of $92,200.

What is the Job Growth for a Nurse?

According to BLS.gov, the job growth for a nurse is 12% through 2028 which is much faster than average.

Nursing Pay – Nurse Employment and Wages

The total employment for nurses across the United States is 3,059,800. The average hourly wage is $35.24 and the average annual wage is $73,300 per year.

Nurse Employment and Wages

Bottom 10%:

Average Hourly Wage: $25.04
Average Annual Wage: $52,080

25%:

Average Hourly Wage: $28.90
Average Annual Wage: $60,110

50%:

Average Hourly Wage: $ 35.24
Average Annual Wage: $ 73,300

75%:

Average Hourly Wage: $ 43.64
Average Annual Wage: $ 90,760

Top 90%:

Average Hourly Wage: $ 53.47
Average Annual Wage: $ 111,220

Industries With the Highest Levels of Nursing Employment

Nurse Industries With Highest Level of Employment

General Medical and Surgical Hospitals

1,713,120 total nurses employed with 30.69% of employment in the industry
Average annual wage of $79,460 with an average hourly wage of $38.20

Offices of Physicians

197,890 total nurses employed with 7.47% of employment in the industry
Average annual wage of $69,570 with an average hourly wage of $33.45

Home Health Care Services

177,790 total nurses employed with 11.86% of employment in the industry
Average annual wage of $73,660 with an average hourly wage of $35.41

Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)

151,300 total nurses employed with 9.43% of employment in the industry
Average annual wage of $69,740 with an average hourly wage of $33.53

Outpatient Care Centers

147,550 total nurses employed with 15.47% of employment in the industry
Average annual wage of $84,720 with an average hourly wage of 40.73

Areas With Highest Concentration of Nurse Employment

General Medical and Surgical Hospitals

1,713,120 total nurses employed with 30.69% of employment in the industry
Average annual wage of $79,460 with an average hourly wage of $38.20

Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals

62,670 total nurses employed 23.63% of employment in the industry
Average annual wage of $79,460 with an average hourly wage of $38.86

Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals

40,390 total nurses employed 16.35% of employment in the industry
Average annual wage of $74,610 with an average hourly wage of $35.87

Outpatient Care Centers

147,550 total nurses employed 15.47% of employment in the industry
Average annual wage of $84,720 with an average hourly wage of $40.73

Home Health Care Services

177,790 total nurses employed with 11.86% of employment in the industry
Average annual wage of $73,660 with an average hourly wage of $35.41

Top Paying Areas for Nurses

Nurse Top Paying Industries

Business Support Services

650 / 0.07% total employment
Average annual wage of $92,200 with a $44.33 hourly wage

Federal Executive Branch

83,210 / 4.14% total employment
Average annual wage of $90,340 with a $43.43 hourly wage

Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing

260 / 0.09% total employment
Average annual wage of $86,400 with a $41.54 hourly wage

Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing

120 / 0.02% total employment
Average annual wage of $85,430 with a $41.07 hourly wage

Traveler Accommodation

50 total employment
Average annual wage of $85,120 with a $40.92 hourly wage

States with Highest Nurse Employment

Nurse States with Highest Level of Employment

California

302,770 / 17.42% total employment
Average annual wage $113,240/ $54.44 hourly wage

Texas

218,090 / 17.54% total employment
Average annual wage $74,540/ $35.84 hourly wage

Florida

181,670/ 20.66% total employment
Average annual wage $67,610/ $32.50 hourly wage

New York

178,320/ 18.73% total employment
Average annual wage $87,840/ $42.23 hourly wage

Pennsylvania

148,040/ 25.08% total employment
Average annual wage $71,410/ $34.33 hourly wage

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