nursing: volume 36(10) october 2006 p 46-51
cheryl l. mee, rn, bc, cmsrn, msn nursing 2006 editor-in-chief
over 1,100 nurses responded to our salary survey published in the january issue of nursing2006
. in contrast to survey results from previous years, which have shown steady income gains for nurses, this year's survey indicated that salaries were generally flat. in 2006, for example, staff nurses reported an average annual income of $47,200, compared with $47,600 in 2005. starting salaries for both rns and lpns were also flat from 2005 to 2006.
looking at average salaries for all respondents, we found that the average dropped for the first time in the 7 years we've conducted this survey, from $58,600 in 2005 to $51,000 in 2006. however, a significant change in the profile of nurses responding in 2006 probably explains this difference. (more nurses working less than 5 yrs responded to survey. karen
here are a few other key findings:
* managers reported an average salary of $62,800, down from $68,000 in 2005.
* advanced practice nurses reported an average annual salary of $69,600, significantly less than the $73,200 reported in 2005.
* nurses in salaried positions made an average of $10,000 more per year than those paid by the hour.
* salaries flatten when nurses are in a position for more than 10 years. nurses working in the same position for 11 to 15 years report a salary of $56,000; those holding their positions for over 15 years made $56,700.
* as in previous years, men in nursing made more money than women. the average salary for all male respondents was $54,600, compared with $50,600 for women-an 8% difference. looking at rns specifically, the gender gap was about 6%. but for lpns, the gap was even wider: 16%.
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