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Male Nurses on the Rise and They Make More Money

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Brian has 16 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in CCU, Geriatrics, Critical Care, Tele.

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Do male nurses make more money?

According to a new US Cenus report, male nurses make more money and have more than tripled since 1970. Women still dominate nursing in terms of employment but not in terms of earnings. The average female nurse earned $51,100 in 2011, 16% less than the $60,700 earned by the average man in the same job. You are reading page 4 of Male Nurses on the Rise and They Make More Money. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

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I have always made more money than my hubby. We finished nursing school at the same time too so we have the same number of years of experience. I think this year he made slightly more than me but it was by working 2 jobs!

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I worked with my ex-husband. We started same day. Same general experience beforehand. Did the same job. He made 75 cents per hour more than I did. Back when I was young and stupid and happy to have a job, I didn't say anything.

Worked for a while with my current husband. (Where we met.) I had more responsibility. Worked there longer. More experience before that job. But he talked football with the boss and made more than a dollar per hour more than I did. At the same time he was getting a raise and another guy that did basically the same job I did was getting a raise (when he already made more than me), they didn't have money to give me a raise. (And they were shocked when I quit not long after that!)

And let's be clear. I've NEVER taken maternity leave. I've NEVER had childcare responsibilities. So there was no, "But women care more about their kids than their career" excuses here. (Which is BS anyway.)

Of course every man HERE has only received the pay and promotions he rightfully deserved. I wouldn't want anyone here to think that maybe, just maybe, they might have profited from sexism. Just like a promotion that I got when I was one of the few white people there not already in management (who was ALL white) was SOLELY because of how hard I work and how much experience I had. No way that I profited from latent racism there. I just worked really hard!

We all want to think that we get where we get based solely on our merits. But to claim there's no problem when women still only make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes? We can come up with all the excuses we want, claim "it's just faulty statistics," but there's STILL a problem. Not shocking that men don't see it. It is sad that women don't see it.

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As for why don't women negotiate? Because we have to do a song and dance when we do it, unlike men:

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In one study, from Professor Babcock at Carnegie Mellon, men and women asked for raises using identical scripts. People liked the men's style. But the women were branded as aggressive-unless they gave a smile while they asked, or appeared warm and friendly. In other words, they conformed to feminine stereotypes.

"The data shows that men are able to negotiate for themselves without facing any negative consequences, but when women negotiate, people often like them less and want to work with them less," says Sheryl Sandberg, facebook's chief operating officer, whose forthcoming book "Lean In" is about women and leadership. "Even if women haven't studied this or seen this data, they often implicitly understand this, so they hold back."

https://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/16/business/to-solve-the-gender-wage-gap-learn-to-speak-up.html

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Do we know for sure that the study didn't adjust for location, overtime worked, maternity leaves, tenure, career level? It doesn't seem like it would be hard to factor in obvious variables that so many folks here have pointed out.

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I am so happy to hear more men are going into nursing. One thing I would like to learn more about is the number of males going into nursing education. I loved my one male nursing instructor and I wish there were more out there.

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The "studies" don't take into account that more women are likely to work part time( or less ). They also don't take into account that women are more likely to take a lot of time off to take care of kids. There isn't much of a difference if you take those variables into account. Though I will admit there are alot of sexist attitudes that work against women. Many managers I know will hire men over women because they are more likely to be career oriented, are easier to get along with ( the managers opinion), won't take time off for childbirth, and are much more likely to work overtime. I am not saying that any of that is true, it is just the perception. My personal experience has been that there is a lot of "cat fights" when working in small units. Not all, but enough women make tense work environments due to personal drama that it is easier for managers to prefer men. If a workplace could truly prove gender affects salary they would have a winnable lawsuit.

Also, everything I stated is my own personal opinion. It is not right to hide behind "research shows" without referencing that research. It is even worse to say " I know a researcher who says...." There is nothing wrong with personal opinion, but dont state it like fact. Most research can not be generalized to everybody. They can only be generalized to the population being studied ( usually limited to a physical location or a specific database). And even then only if it is a random sample, never a convenience sample.

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klone has 14 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership.

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BCRNA said:
The "studies" don't take into account that more women are likely to work part time( or less ). .

Yes, they actually DO take that into account. They're comparing fulltime to fulltime. I can't believe anyone actually has the gall to argue that there ISN'T a gender gap in wages.

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hodgieRN has 10 years experience and specializes in ER trauma, ICU - trauma, neuro surgical.

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Where are these jobs that would pay me more for being a male? I've never seen them.

Any woman on night shift makes a lot more than me. I'm being robbed!

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Morainey is a BSN, RN and specializes in Orthopedic, LTC, STR, Med-Surg, Tele.

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My manager has hired, like, five dudes in a row.

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ChristopherB has 13 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in MICU, SICU, CVICU, CCU, and Neuro ICU.

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reznurse said:
I am so happy to hear more men are going into nursing. One thing I would like to learn more about is the number of males going into nursing education. I loved my one male nursing instructor and I wish there were more out there.

Nursing education pays too little for most men. At least that's what my own personal experience and experience of my male coworkers has been. I'd love to do that, but if I did at most of the colleges around here, I couldn't afford to pay a mortgage. THe better paying full time faculity postitions are few and far between.

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If there is a gender gap, someone tell me where to go. My wife and I, both RNs, started our careers at a Tyler, TX hospital both making the same new grad rate. Now, working in an SICU in northwest Arkansas, I continute to make the same base pay as my female colleagues in the ICU. So, if there are pay differences, I have seen no evidence of this where I've worked.

Here are some things I've noticed personally that a few people have also mentioned already I feel might skew the results of a study.

I've noticed that my male colleagues tend to:

- work in higher pay/higher stress areas like ER, ICU, and OR compared to med/surg units where I often find I'm the only male

- more often float to other units when asked to (which has a pay differential at my facility)

- more likely to pick up extra shifts.

- less frequent call-ins compared to our women who I've noticed call in more due to sick kids or other child-care related events.

- more frequently talk of "moving up", wanting to advance their career, etc. compared to my female colleagues who more often talk of wanting to work less so as to have more time with their kids and such.

I'm sure there is a chance that some of these are regional. Here in the south, traditional family structures and values are big and my female friends at work tend to prioritize family over career. I'm also not trying to claim there is no unfairness anywhere, I am only claiming that it isn't EVERYwhere.

I feel that these studies often are detrimental to the very purpose they are trying to serve. While they attempt to promote equality, they look for issues where they don't exist and make people paranoid that they are being discriminated against. There unfortunately is discrimination out there in many forms, but in this case, I don't feel it can be generalized across the board.

Edit: Let me add that I don't dispute that gender gaps exist. Especially in fields like business. However, I think there are many factors involved besides blatant discrimination.

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klone has 14 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership.

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There, there, silly women

Don't worry your pretty little heads, salary gaps don't really exist, or if they do, it's your fault.

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