2018 Nursing Salary Survey

  1. In the 2018 U.S. News 100 Best Jobs Report, Nurse Practitioners ranked #4, Registered Nurses ranked #18, and Nurse Anesthetists #22. Not only are nursing jobs ranked high, but once again for the 16th year, nursing holds the top spot as the most trusted profession in the Gallup Poll. With all this favorable public recognition, are nurses getting paid what they should?

    2018 Nursing Salary Survey

    It's time for the 2018 allnurses Nursing Salary Survey.

    In February 2017, more than 18,000 nurses in the U.S. and Canada who have an active nursing license participated in our allnurses online salary survey. The data was shared with readers via several interactive images. The results were surprising to some as they were able to compare not only the salaries across the states and Canada, but also the purchasing power based on cost of living, taxes, etc. It's now time for the 2018 Salary Survey and we hope you will participate.

    Salary is a definite factor for those looking for a job. It also plays a big factor in retaining nurses. But there are other factors that impact retention rates even more. Work environment and nurse-patient staffing ratios are more important to the nurse who is trying to decide whether or not to leave.

    In the 2017 Salary Survey, in order to look at nursing shortages across the country, we obtained data regarding nurses leaving the workforce: why and when. This year, in addition to obtaining salary data, we are seeking information about nurse/patient staffing ratios. This is your time to speak up.

    Join thousands of nurses who will be providing information about staffing ratios. The allnurses team will be going to Washington DC in April to attend the #NursesTakeDC rally. We will take the data you provide through this survey and share it with our country's legislators as they will be voting on proposed legislation to address unsafe staffing. Let your voice be heard!

    Your participation in this survey is important. The more questions you answer, the more complete our data will be. This online survey takes about 5 minutes or less to complete. If you hold an active nursing license and live/work in the United States, U.S. territories, or Canadian Provinces, we would like for you to participate in this year's nursing salary survey.

    Please answer the questions as they relate to your primary nursing job. If you have more than one nursing job, you may fill out an additional survey using a different IP address.

    A great big THANK YOU to the University of Maryland for sponsoring the 2017 Nursing Salary Survey!


    All participants who provide their email will be eligible to win a $100 gift card.

    The survey is over and now the interactive results have been published.

    2018 Nursing Salary Survey Results Part 1 Demographics

    Safe Staffing: How Does Your Workplace Stack Up? 2018 Salary Survey Results Part 2

    When and Why Nurses are Leaving the Workforce - 2018
    allnurses Salary Survey Results Part 3

    How Much Do Nurses Make? - 2018 allnurses Salary Survey Results Part 4

    Purchasing Power of Nurses Across the U.S. - 2018 allnurses Salary Survey Results Part 5

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  3. by   Eleven011
    Just an observation, there is a question about how many paid hours of overtime you get every week. I'm sure there are others like me, who don't have overtime as an option, but there is no choice for `0`.
  4. by   tnbutterfly
    Thanks for your input. Zero has now been added as an option
  5. by   verene
    It would also be useful if there was an "I'm not planning to leave the Nursing workforce" and "unknown" for reason for leaving options. I'm young so I put "more than 16 years" because I plan on staying in this career path for another 30+ years. I don't really know why I will ultimately leave, I said age/retirement, but it may be something completely different by the time I get there.
  6. by   homeslicej2
    For the nurse/patient ratio question, there should be a "not applicable", "not applicable in primary role", or "role does not have direct patient care". My primary position is in informatics, so there is no direct patient care. Secondarily, when I work in the ER it is 1:4 most of the time. I answered 1:1 bc there was not option for the above or for a secondary role. Thank you.
  7. by   SpEdtacular
    I am an informatics nurse not involved in direct patient care so I put the patient ratio for the ED I am responsible for (1:4). Like another poster, I am relatively young and not thinking about leaving nursing at this time but put retirement since I had to pick something.
  8. by   Kricketts
    I don't really know if this would fall into "why I would leave", but if your taking information to legislation.... Medicare changes especially for the LTAC are so disappointing. Patients can't stay and get the care they need if they didn't meet a qualifying stay of 3 midnights in an ICU. These patients are sick! A lot of times we get patients from Med surge who then become septic after the fact. And then we are left to make them better in 3-5 days, and if we send them back to the acute care then that creates a readmission for the acute care. Or they are sending them to us from ER to prevent the readmission. But sending them home with HHC or to a SNF is sometimes not appropriate, and if they stay at the LTAC, the LTAC gets no payment. Maybe these patients are being discharged from acute too soon and going home or to SNF and potentially need the LTAC sooner??? These doctors are busier now than ever. A lot of times things get missed or go undiagnosed because they don't have the time to spend with patients. It's left to the nurses who are with them the majority of the time to catch things and remind the doctor of things that they may have told them twice already. Nurses are having to do more critical thinking than ever before. So while the staffing ratio of 1:7,6 used to be appropriate, these nurses are left having to do more than they have ever done. While still getting the same pay. So I believe that's why so many nurses are leaving. Voices not being heard, patients not getting the care they should because of silly Medicare rules, and feeling under appreciated (underpaid). It's left up to the leaders to be creative with the ratios. Make the staff feel appreciated, be on the floor to help the front line when they need it, be a sounding board for the charges, and try to intervene with doctors. Not all leaders have the same priorities unfortunately.
  9. by   Melvin Mokube
    Opps, I feel lonely. I'm a Registered Nurse in Cameroon.
  10. by   tnbutterfly
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    Opps, I feel lonely. I'm a Registered Nurse in Cameroon.
    We are so glad to have you here at allnurses. As far as the survey goes, it is necessary for us to place some geographical boundaries. It's hard for us to do a monetary comparison from numerous countries outside the US and Canada due to the different forms of currency.

    Please feel free to share with us how salaries compare in Cameroon.
  11. by   tnbutterfly
    Some of you have expressed uncertainty about what responses to select in the survey. Not all questions will apply to everyone. We would like you to answer as many questions as possible, however, only the questions marked with a * require a response in order to complete the survey.
  12. by   Libby1987
    Nevermind, able to complete.
    Last edit by Libby1987 on Feb 8
  13. by   tnbutterfly
    Quote from Libby1987
    Nevermind, able to complete.
    I'm glad you were able to finish the survey. Thanks for your participation.
  14. by   Feelgood RN
    I appreciate allnurses putting up these surveys almost each year it seems. The problem I'm having is that I'd like to see the raw data. The 2017 results stated it had interactive charts. I don't know if I'm an idiot but I couldn't find interactive anything. Stand alone statistics were also not available.

    The required statistics classes needed for nursing degrees is for a reason. People have bias and agendas they want to push. While I'd like to say that I believe allnurses could be unbiased, I like to see raw data so I can make my own inferences. If it's "not possible" then I guess I'll read the results with a Himalayan salt lantern.