What you can earn as a nurse depends on your education, experience, role, industry, and locale. Your nursing career may begin as a certified nurse assistant or registered nurse. Perhaps you’ve earned a master’s in nursing and become a nurse practitioner.
Whatever your chosen pathway, it could be beneficial to research what the average salary is for your career, in your state of practice. Nationally, the 2018 median pay for nurses was as follows:
Some nursing careers experience a higher salary in specific states. Moreso, some nurses earn more salary in metropolitan areas. These variations could be dependent on need for nurses, funding, type of employment, and/or type of education.
Nurses generally receive generous benefit packages that include health insurance, vacation time, holiday pay, childcare and college tuition reimbursement. Benefits vary by location, employer and specialty.
Various professional organizations exist for all nurses, as well as for each nursing specialty. These groups offer increased benefits and resources in exchange for annual membership fees.