Highest paid nursing field? - page 8

Hi, I am still a student and was wondering what the highest paid nursing area is. Like my friend says that Dialysis is one of the highest. Anyone have an idea. I'm just lost on what area to start at.... Read More

  1. by   cookderosa
    I'm 40 years old with a husband and 4 kids. I'm also a career changer. Money is never enough of a reason to do anything you don't want to do. But, money matters. I look at the money as justification to my family for having to do without me. If I'm going to be gone (and this includes time spent in school pre-nursing) then THEY deserve a good salary. Face it, no matter what you do- if you're gone, you're gone. IF you can bring home a nice paycheck after being gone, it makes it easier on everyone. Seriously, I worked the last 10 years as a part timer, if I'm going to be gone- it's going to be worth it. It isn't worth it for $15 an hour!

    I have to agree with the people who say us girls need to "man up" a little in the salary department. I've never met a guy behave in a self-depreciating way, but women (myself included) sometimes do this! Maybe that's part of the reason they are better paid? They don't beat around the bush about what they want.
  2. by   SunnyAndrsn
    some of us planned to have kids, made the CHOICE to do so, and life didn't take us down that path. So to say that having kids is a choice doesn't always make it so...just as birth control sometimes fails...or life happens in a dozen other ways.

    Doesn't call for nastiness or rudeness to those that do have children that they are trying to raise. The comments were nasty and snarky, thus the nastiness right back.

    Quote from NoWhereNear
    Okay, so while I suspect Bluesnurse might have been able to find a slightly more delicate way of phrasing things, I don't disagree with her, and I find it utterly ridiculous that people think those of us who've chosen not to have children will die alone. Just because someone doesn't have children, doesn't mean they're missing out on anything or that they don't have family that would care for them. So in response to the little gloating purple smileyface, here's a little gloaty smiley for me and Bluesnurse, because I will have people at my bedside when my time comes (and I'm sure Bluesnurse will too!) and in the meantime we have clean, quiet homes, full of nice breakable things, which we get to enjoy any way we want, when we aren't busy trying to think of new things to do with our free time and expendable income!
    I know it's not a popular thing to not have kids, but I have a heck of a lot of justification, and if you'd like you can message me for details. I'm more than happy to share.
  3. by   SunnyAndrsn
    I left my job 6 months ago for greener ($$$) pastures. While I liked everyone at my previous staff position, enjoyed the work I did, I felt I should be making more. And now I do. I stayed on at the previous job in an on-call/per diem position, and the hourly wage was thus higher. So win-win as far as I was concerned. Now it looks like a management position is available at the old job, and I've applied for it. They know what I want for $$$ but if they can't match it, I won't agree to take the position. Finally figured out that I need to look out for ME, because of course my employer is looking out for their best interests. It seems to be a simple concept, but so many women think that their employer owes them something, and will stick up for them/be loyal to them when the going gets tough. They won't.

    Quote from marylyric

    I dont want to be gross or disturbing, but let me say. Money matters, if I was not getting paid the amt that I am for all that we have to take, I would not be bothered. I chose the field for other reasons, however Money is my primary concern, because in the end I have to live and take care of my family, So for those of you that money does not matter great!!! but I am a very professional nurse and time is money. Sorry, I think we need more males in the field who look at the bottom line. Nursing is a business and we need to learn how to market ourselves. As a Consultant, I make 50.00 and up an hour, however this is not full time. My full time, I make over 70,000 yr with great benefits, could be better, I am an associate degree prepared RN who is returning to school to become a nurse practioner soon. Nurses stop selling yourselves short. If facilities dont want to pay leave when you get the chance for higher salary. This is your mind body and nursing is stressful. After saying all that I would like to say I am a very caring person, but if we dont start demanding better working conditions and salary, the doctors will continue to gain and us nurses well we get whats left.
  4. by   eric909
    State of California correctional Nurses make good money. I had a buddy with lots of OT pull in over 200k last year. sounds to good to be true check here

    State Salaries Results - Sacramento News - Local and Breaking Sacramento News | Sacramento Bee
  5. by   Aongroup1990
    Yes, try doing or experiencing something you like. start off with cna like me and work your way up or change job positions or even apply for something different. it's truly not about money because i think all nurses can make good money.. 8.00 an hour job is better than no income or no job. Try to focus on who you like working with , and what things or resources you like using. lets say if you like computer or being at the front desk.... go into nursing business or if you like working with babies... pediatrics. find your specialty and see what you love most about helping others.
  6. by   Aongroup1990
    Money is a source of our happiness, but finding something we love will be greater in terms of being happy and not miserable All jobs are challenging, but I love being a nurse even if it's being a cna. You have to be social and network, and learn to to other things to get the position that you want. Money isn't everything.
  7. by   hopeful_27
    Sorry for resurrecting this old thread but I am curious as to know as well what is the highest paying field for nurses? I see that OR, dialysis, and skilled nursing is the top three from two years ago but is it still currently the same?

    I know this may bother some for my asking so I am going to apologize in advance for that! Sorry!

    I just graduated from nursing school this past May and my loans are about $90,000 from tuition, uniform, books, and living expense. I am in desperate need of finding a job that will pay well later on because of this. I know as a new grad you get base pay but need to know what's good in the long run?
    Last edit by hopeful_27 on Oct 5, '12
  8. by   nurseprnRN
    Get certified in a specialty (certification usually requires several years in clinical practice and some subset of coursework/examination/demonstration) and you can make more. I have colleagues in life care planning who routinely pull down >$400K annually. Not a typo-- that's four hunnert grand a year. Not me, I hasten to add, but still something to which to aspire.
  9. by   enchantmentdis
    Quote from Jo Dirt
    To the OP: don't let anyone make you feel ashamed or like you are doing something wrong for wanting to know about salaries. I'd be willing to bet these people aren't working for free, I'd also be willing to bet they are trying to get the most out of their salary they can.
    Yes, when you are a single mother or sole wage earner in your family money does matter, especially when you work in such a filthy business as nursing. That being said, I have chosen a lower paying job with less stress than a higher paying job that was so stressful it made me physically sick. If you can swing that high stress job you deserve to make the money that goes with it. Never feel guilty about that.

    Very well said. Thank you. A simple question from the OP should not have to turn into an ethical/moral discussion about "why are you asking about money". Even if she wants to have the nursing job that has the highest pay, though there was no indication of that from her initial query, so what. What would it do to you people if someone wanted to be a nurse only for the money anyway? She asked a simple question. A simple answer should have sufficed.
  10. by   enchantmentdis
    Quote from candijunkie
    Obviously people go to school to get better salaries. I was just saying that it seemed like thats all she cared about. I myself decided not to be a baby machine so I can't relate to whole supporting the family thing.

    You get all that from one question that the OP asked? Baby machine? Your moniker is candijunkie.
    Last edit by TheCommuter on Oct 7, '12 : Reason: TOS
  11. by   enchantmentdis
    Quote from NoeIssa
    Thanks for all the info you guys! Thanks for backin me up. Im really not trying to seem like Im money hungry but money is what puts my childrens food on the table. Money is buying the healthier food than just unhealthy cheap food. Money is being able to afford that organic milk(that I like to give my kids but too expensive) Anyways, Im just trying to see what area would be smartest to start with money wise,being I have no preference at the moment. Thank you all.
    You don't have to explain anything to us on here. Just have a good life and make as much as you can for your children. A simple question doesn't deserve lectures from anyone.
  12. by   PMFB-RN
    As far as I can tell it's not a particular field that is the highest paying, but a combination of the right location and organization. In my experience all nurses with the same experience get paid the same in a particular organization. For example one place where I currently work a flight nurse gets paid exactly the same as a rehab or med-surg nurse if they have similar number of years of service.
    I searched long and hard to find my current situation. I wanted to make well over $100K (not counting OT) and I wanted to live in a reasonable cost of living area. I also wanted a fun (for me) job with lots of autonomy. I looked into many organizations, states and cities. Here is what I found. The higest paid areas is the Bay area of California and San Jose area of Ca. However the Bay area didn't fit into my reasonable cost of living requirment. Another very high paying option was the California Department of Corrections. they start new grads out at $90-$100K with potential to make a LOT more and with their many locations could fit the reasonable cost of living. However corrections wouldn't be a fun job (for me) providing autonomy.
    After a lot of searching I discovered certain areas of the upper mid west (MN in the Twin Cities area and Madison WI) and the particular organization I work for now. I am a full time rapid response nurse in a medium sized hospital. That's the fun part. The cost of living here is very reasonable. After a little over 2 years with this organization I am making well over $100K without doing OT. After 5-10 years I expect to be making over $120K not counting OT. As a bonus the nursing schools in Wisconsin are very veteran friendly and bent over backwards to help me get my RN license.
    For me a long cold winter wasn't a disqualifier. It may be for others.
  13. by   Multicollinearity
    I managed a $24,000 increase in yearly salary by switching to acute care psych. Psych nurses make more in my area. What's interesting is that my psych job is 1/4 of the work load and stress that my previous job was in corrections.

    It just goes to show that salary and earnings are about supply v. demand and not necessarily about responsibility and workload demands.