What RNs REALLY earn $$

  1. I have been reading that many feel most RNs make about $60,000. a year, or $25-$30/hr.

    Here are the stats on what nurses really earn from The U.S. Dept of Labor:



    Earnings [About this section] Back to Top


    Median annual earnings of registered nurses were $44,840 in 2000. The middle 50 percent earned between $37,870 and $54,000. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $31,890, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $64,360. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of registered nurses in 2000 were as follows:



    Personnel supply services $46,860
    Hospitals 45,780
    Home health care services 43,640
    Offices and clinics of medical doctors 43,480
    Nursing and personal care facilities 41,330


    Here's alink to the site:

    http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos083.htm#earnings
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  2. 85 Comments

  3. by   MelRN13
    Thanks for the link, that should be of interest to many members.
  4. by   oramar
    Just remember the data is three years old. A lot has changed since 2000.
  5. by   angelsuzie
    so what do you meaN?
    nurses earn more or less?
  6. by   NRSKarenRN
    The Registered Nurse Population: Findings from the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses
    http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/healthworkforce...rvey/rnss1.htm

    has great graphs and charts--data collection is from 2000; Survey is done every four years by US government.
  7. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    RN wages have been flat since 1990. When adjusted for inflation, nurses are earning less now than they did in 1984.

    (Quoted from Texas Nurses Assoc. web-site).
  8. by   Dplear
    Not true....Every year my income has gone up more than 10% some years even more than that. Last year alone I went up 16% this year should be about 11%. I do not trust the department of Labor and their statistics. Anyone can skew the numbers any way they want. There is a good chance that this year I will break 120,000 with out working much overtime at all.

    Dave
  9. by   hogan4736
    Originally posted by Dplear
    Not true....Every year my income has gone up more than 10% some years even more than that. Last year alone I went up 16% this year should be about 11%. I do not trust the department of Labor and their statistics. Anyone can skew the numbers any way they want. There is a good chance that this year I will break 120,000 with out working much overtime at all.

    Dave
    how many days a week is that on average?
    I'll take my salary versus days/week...
    here's my skewing:

    I work 2 days/week and earn 60,000
    I left a job working 3 - 12s and made 58,000

    2 days/week = 104 days worked/year...261 days off
    3 days/week = 156 days worked/year...209 days off

    either situation (without overtime -- I've done ZERO overtime this AND last year) leaves me laughing all the way home...

    Don't get me wrong, as we all are motivated differently, but I'll wager your 120,000 left you no less hungry and no happier...just a bigger house, bigger bills, and most importantly, more time away from family!

    From my perspective, being at home w/ daily naps is where it's at...

    Flame me if you will, but ONLY his wages have increased 10+%/year (he doesn't mention days off)...

    I've been a nurse 7 years...Here are my improvements:

    year one: 5 jobs , 1 day off/week - 32,000
    year two: 6 jobs, 1 day off/week - 40,000
    year three: 4 jobs, 2 days off/week - 43,000
    year four: 3 jobs, 2 days off/week - 47,000
    year five: 3 jobs, 3 days off/week - 52,000
    year six: 2 jobs, 4 days off/week - 58,000
    year seven: 1 job, 5 days off/week - 60,000

    Monday thru Thursday I wake up w/ my boys, and we spend all day together...

    M-F I have dinner ready for my wife and kids (when she comes home; She works Mon & Tues 7-6, Wed & Th 7-noon)...

    One Friday each month I go out on my boat for the day...

    You do the math!

    I like my "direction"

    Do we all have the luxury of the "Baylor" plan?
    NO

    Can most of us work 3-12s?
    I believe so...

    We all have different motivations...

    BUT, over that last 7 years I've learned some things:

    I'm no less hungry now, then when I was making $7/ hour
    Sleep is UNDERRATED, we need 7-8 hours/ day
    Overtime just puts you in a bigger tax bracket - the take home pay isn't that much more
    I can still take my wife out for a $150 meal once in a while
    NOT watching your kids grow up would suck
    Having someone else raise your kids would also suck

    WE as nurses are lucky for our schedules!

    Sean
    Last edit by hogan4736 on Jun 3, '03
  10. by   dmarita
    I work weekend option in St. Louis,MO and made 75000 last year as a new grad ( with lots and lots of overtime). Gets old quick, but bills have to be paid.
  11. by   bargainhound
    hogan...what kind of nursing do you do that pays that well?
  12. by   Dplear
    Hogan I work 3 days a week thats all.

    Dave
  13. by   teeituptom
    Ive made over 100 k a year for the last 10 yrs
  14. by   hogan4736
    bargainhound: LTC



    Nice job dplear...

    Most RNs that I know that make 6 figures, have less than NO life, don't see their kids, and work 6-7 days/week...
    Last edit by hogan4736 on Jun 3, '03

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