A career in nursing can be quite lucrative depending on the specialty field and years of service. Those that find a medical facility they enjoy working in can typically move up within the system and gain experience in a variety of roles. When considering a career path, be sure to look beyond just the salary potential and gather information about all aspects of the job including continuing education benefits, work load expectations, quality of care standards and overall environment of the unit. During your nursing career you will probably find yourself progressing through the ranks, and with this comes the possibility of having a salary raise. If this is the case, it is important that your Payroll system updates so you are earning the correct amount of money.
Below are salary ranges for a wide range of nursing careers. The low end represents a nurse in that field with little to no experience. The high represents a nurse with 5 or more years of service and may also include those that have obtained advanced degrees during their tenure.
Salary data obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.