Who do nurses make more than? - page 5
Im passionate about this field, but let's be realistic here..I want to have a good job in ALL aspects aha I mean do nurses get bragging rights I mean what can a nurse actually do or buy?? I live in... Read More
Dec 1, '12If you become a nurse for the salary you will be burned out quickly and sorely disappointed.
Dec 1, '12Quote from debaroseGenerally, it's RN-to-BSN, not BSN-to-RN (actually, I've never heard of one of those), but other than MAYBE a tiny differential, most places will treat an RN with any degree (diploma, ADN, or BSN and even MSN if working bedside) exactly the same- other than equally qualified applicants whose only difference is degree (and they will hire the person with the higher degree). Now, if one were to get an MSN, that would open other opportunities for higher paying jobs, such as management or advanced practice but there are no guarantees.Hey Amber your best bet will be to get a RN! ( BSN-to RN) but as you know NURSES with higher degrees is where the money is. Just like a nurse with a one year degree vs a nurse with a Bachelors. There is a difference in pay.
I have many friends that are a variety of Nurses meaning from LVN to RN to a PHD (MRN). The higher the degree the more Money there will be. Of Course it also depends on your location . Some places pay better while others don't.
It is possibly to make money depends on your degree and area of specialization.
Good Luck to you,
OP, if you're going into a career solely for the money with no interest in it at all, my advice would be to look elsewhere. Having no interest except for the money would likely lead to job dissatisfaction, burnout, and other not-so-good outcomes. Money cannot buy happiness. If you do have an interest in nursing besides the money, yes, nurses can live a decent lifestyle. Like others have said though, it is important to live within one's means. I am single, own a modest house and a decent but older car, and am working hard to pay down debt (the result of a catastrophic event involving the house- almost there, and should have it paid off by the end of January!). Before returning to school, I was taking multiple vacations a year- Hawaii, Europe, not cheap trips to take. But I can do that because I don't just go out buying things on a whim that I can't afford.
Dec 1, '12To answer the question "who do nurses make more than?" I would suggest going to the federal government Bureau of Labor Statistics website where they've gotten much more user-friendly and understandable to most people. Especially this page -
Occupational Outlook Handbook where they have subcategories for things like "highest paying" and "fastest growing(projected)". Some proprietary ventures like monster.com have a "salary wizard" search tool where you can find wage:cost of living information specific to your area. Good luck!
Dec 1, '12Quote from Sweet_Wild_RoseIn the Philadelphia area there is a STRONG hiring preference for new grads with a BSN. Several area hospitals simply do not hire diploma or ADN new grads, so Philly is one of those places where getting a BSN right off the bat or having a plan to do the RN-BSN ASAP is important.Generally, it's RN-to-BSN, not BSN-to-RN (actually, I've never heard of one of those), but other than MAYBE a tiny differential, most places will treat an RN with any degree (diploma, ADN, or BSN and even MSN if working bedside) exactly the same- other than equally qualified applicants whose only difference is degree (and they will hire the person with the higher degree). Now, if one were to get an MSN, that would open other opportunities for higher paying jobs, such as management or advanced practice but there are no guarantees.
Dec 1, '12I find it interesting how many people believe that nurses are "rich". Nursing pays reasonably well, but it doesn't make you rich. At all. I really think this is a leftover from the fact that typically most nurses are woman who for many years earned the second income in their families, ie they had husbands who earned MORE and had the REAL career. The extra cushion of income it gave would allow a family to edge out the Joneses. In other words, nursing was (and still is) considered a high paying career for a woman. Journalists don't help when they record that one nurse once made 250k (all by working ridiculous amounts of overtime).
In reality (and in answer to the title) it's kind of a middling position over all.
I linked to a paper on generational differences in another discussion which noted that millennials are most concerned with pay. But there are a lot of other factors in play with job selection. There's pay, but there's also level of education required and whether there will be a good return on the education investment, there's the amount of work that is done for the pay, the availability of jobs once finished, the stability of the industry, personal suitableness and satisfaction in the work, etc etc.
I mean if you really just want to get paid, work in the oil patch with the crackheads and live in your car half the year.
Dec 1, '12I think that it's important to note that the title of this thread is: "Who Do Nurses Make More Than?"
Overlooking obvious grammatical issues, OP seems focused on comparisons with other career choices and the associated earning capacity of those other choices. We might better answer her initial question by listing those wage earners whose salaries are generally less than a nurse's. For example, fast food workers. I heard on the news tonight that some fast food workers are attempting to start unions in areas where most organized unions have no interest in being involved. The fast food workers are earning roughly $18,000/year.
Compared to that statistic, nurses are living large!
Dec 2, '12Quote from roser13That's kind of interesting, actually... I was thinking the same thing. Given that the post and the title are seemingly unrelated, the OP seems to be wondering if she is able to live a certain lifestyle with a nurse's salary. I don't see how knowing what other occupations nurses out-earn could be useful, haha.I think that it's important to note that the title of this thread is: "Who Do Nurses Make More Than?"
Dec 2, '12Its a good living..... but really.... so many nurses became a nurse at a young age (in their 20's), can they really compare salaries? How about you older nurses that worked those lower paying jobs before becoming a nurse. I don't mean you young ones that worked at Mc Donalds while going to school but those that worked low paying jobs while raising their children and then finally got to go to nursing school. Nursing is a great living and comes naturally for many. "It is easier to be happy with money than to be happy with no money, but its more fun with money." I forget exactly how that saying goes. Its never about how much you make, its how much you spend.
Dec 2, '12Median income in Illinois is reported to be 50,600. This is about what a new RN makes in the Chicago area, so a nurse in Chicago earns at more than at least half of the households in IL
Dec 2, '12You people are very very rude..I want to say more but im biting my tongue I wont even respond to most of you but as of now im working as a bartender and pay all my bills myself pfft I wont even finish this reply because you people have really **** up my day so judgementalLast edit by Esme12 on Dec 3, '12
Dec 2, '12What I will say is only god can judge me And after im done and when I become a nurse I will try my best to not be mean like you guys and btw this is not school I can type how I want and obviously I forgot to mention some things like my daughters college tuition and stuff but still no reason to come typing at me and putting me down YUCK I wonder how you treat your patients ....I have so much more to say but wont because this is not the place and im not going to let some strangers on the internet get me down Carry on
Dec 2, '12Im a nurse and my fiance is an engineer. We get by...we are not rich by any means. Don't expect to become a nurse and to "roll in the dough" because you won't. You WILL be bale to put food on the table, pay the bills and give your daugher what she needs. You daughter may not get a mercedes benz for her 16th birthday but you get the idea. You sound like you want to live a rich life style with everything so my suggestion to you is to forget the nursing idea and marry an NFL football player.
Dec 2, '12Quote from Amber215When I worked as a CNA at a nursing home I had a decent apt, a car, and a generally 'good' lifestyle. I though that if I became an RN then I would take extravagant vacations, live in a big home, eat expensive meals...i.e. I though the RNs at the facility had it made.You people are very very rude..I want to say more but im biting my tongue I wont even respond to most of you but as of now im working as a bartender and pay all my bills myself pfft I wont even finish this reply because you people have really **** up my day so judgemental
Now I certainly don't have a bad lifestyle and I am not a pauper. However, I realized that this grand lifestyle is not why I imagined. (NB: I don't regret my decision to become a nurse). Experience nurses are telling you this. They are telling you to be reasonable, to save your money, to realize that nursing is not an embarrassment of riches salary-wise.
Everyone is trying to help you. Yet, you had the gall to call 'us people' rude??? People are trying to tell you how it is. People are trying to temper your expectations. People are trying to help you from making future mistakes. Well, quite frankly, given your allegation, I'm a little upset that I took the time to read this thread and thinking of helpful advice to offer to you.
Well, good luck.Last edit by Esme12 on Dec 3, '12