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Experience and Education Is Paying Off for Nurses

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0b013e31821fda8b
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The Advance for Nurses 2011 Salary Survey indicates that nurses with experience, advanced academic degrees, and certification are seeing a salary increase. Nurses in California are the highest paid, earning $90,815 annually, whereas those in Nebraska earn the least at $50,541. Nurses in Florida, Texas, and Georgia reported significant salary increases over 2010.

However, nurses in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina with 5 years' experience or less earned $1.00 less per hour in 2010 compared with 2009. Specialty certification serves to increase salaries a little over $7 per hour. Advanced practice nurses in Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware make $20,000 to $40,000 more annually than staff nurses in the same states. Nursing administrators report making the highest salaries nationally, with those in California, New York, and New Jersey earning more than $100,000. Nurses in academia continue to make the lowest salaries nationally-a difference of more than $20,000 in some states. This discrepancy continues to support nursing faculty shortages.

Interestingly, nursing faculty in various states of the southeast make more than their counterparts in practice. This is reported to be the exception rather than the national norm. So, the good news is that education and experience are being rewarded. The bad news is that national faculty salary trends continue to support the shortage in academia.

Source: Wood A. April 1, 2011. Salary survey shows experienced nurses gaining ground.NurseZone.COM. Available at Accessed April 8, 2011.

Submitted by: Robin E. Pattillo, PhD, RN, CNL, News Editor at[email protected].

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