How much does a Nurse make in the United States?

9.8k salaries reported, updated at September 18, 2021
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The average salary for a nurse is $30.83 per hour in the United States and $9,250 overtime per year.

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Most common benefits

  • Dependent care reimbursement
  • 403(b)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Referral program
  • Loan forgiveness
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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Information tooltip for top certifications.Top certificationsCounseling Certification+104.64%salary
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Counseling Certification
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Clinical Nurse Specialist
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PALS Certification
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NRP Certification
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Information tooltip for top licenses.Top licensesCertified Nurse Practitioner+42.75%salary
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Certified Nurse Practitioner
41 jobs
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Information tooltip for top specialties.Top specialtiesCritical & Intensive Care+27.19%salary
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Critical & Intensive Care
333 jobs
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Internal Medicine
25 jobs
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Perioperative Care
165 jobs
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Labor & Delivery
44 jobs
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352 jobs
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Information tooltip for top fields of study.Top fields of studyNursing Degree+16.81%salary
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Nursing Degree
713 jobs
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Most common benefits for Nurses

  • Dependent care reimbursement
  • 403(b)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Referral program
  • Loan forgiveness
  • Flexible spending account
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Health insurance
  • Family leave
  • Disability insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • 401(k)
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Salary satisfaction

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55% of Nurses in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area

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Do nurses get paid while training?

Payment while training depends on the specific program you choose. Apprentice programs often add the benefit of earning while you gain on-the-job training.

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