Salary: Nurse salaries have grown considerably since 2000

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A new analysis says that salaries have been steadily increasing over the past decade. According to an analysis from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Bureau of Health Professions, the payout for registered nurses has increased by roughly $20,000 annually.

According to Becker’s ASC, in the year 2000, “a full-time registered nurse, one who works 36 hours or more per week, earned an average salary of $43,906. In 2010, after accounting for inflation and adjusting to 2010 dollars, nurses had an average salary of $63,944.”

The new report indicates that several factors have helped salaries grow, including inflation and an older, more experienced workforce. It also cited that wage hikes could be influenced by an “increasing nursing shortage,” but we never can tell how many nurses really believe that’s going on. Spend any short amount of time on nursing message boards, and it often feels like there are more than a few people–especially new grads–out of work.

What do you think about this increase in pay? Have you seen that reflected in your own career in the last several years? Do you think it will only continue to get better? Give us your thoughts in the comments!

Source: Becker’s ASC


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One Response to Salary: Nurse salaries have grown considerably since 2000

  1. wellbeing12

    While salaries may have increased in some areas, this doesn’t seem to be the case in Idaho.
    In 2006, I took a position with the DOH in ID. The pay was $2 an hour more than I made in 1980 elsewhere.

    This year I worked for a couple of months for a company with a State contract. The pay was $6 more per hour than in 1980, elsewhere. The “12-hour” shifts were usually 13-14 hours. Driving time was 45-60 minutes each way, depending on weather.

    Corrupt nursing administration & lack of personal security led me to quit this position after 10 weeks.