How much does a Nurse make in the United States?

Average base salary

6.9k salaries reported, updated at Sep 18, 2020
per hour

The average salary for a nurse is $31.31 per hour in the United States and $9,250 overtime per year.

Additional compensation

per year

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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Where can a Nurse earn more?

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More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Certification categories:
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Counseling Certification
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Clinical Nurse Specialist
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PALS Certification
516Company icon
NRP Certification
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Certified Nurse Practitioner
41 jobs
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Specialty categories:
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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
765Company icon
Labor & Delivery
44 jobs
78Company icon
352 jobs
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Field of study categories:
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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

Based on 885 ratings

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

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Frequently asked questions
Common questions about salaries for a Nurse

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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How much do similar professions to nurse get paid?

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