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Nursing salaries and benefits: How do you compare?

Nursing salaries and benefits: How do you compare?

By: Janet M. Boivin, BSN, RN

Here are some results from American Nurse Today’s 2018 Nursing Trends and Salary Survey; 4,396 nurses from across the country responded.


Here’s the breakdown in reported salary:

  • < $40k (5.36%)
  • $40-$59k (24.63%)
  • $60-$79k (29.90%)
  • $80-$99k (20.44%)
  • $100-$120k (10.33%)
  • $120+k (8.72%)

About 64% of nurse respondents received raises in the last year, and 17% received a raise 2 years ago.


Benefits that more than half of nurses report receiving are paid time off (83.50%), health insurance (83.22%), retirement contributions (77.23%), dental insurance (76.43%), education funds including tuition reimbursement (55.24%), and disability insurance (50.66%).

More than half (53.93%) of nurses receive additional compensation for shift work.

Certification and education

Few (18.12%) nurse managers are certified in nursing leadership, while 37.66% of nurse clinicians are certified in their specialty.

In all, 40.21% of nurses have a BSN, and more than a quarter (25.23%) have an MSN. Only 7.62% have a doctorate in nursing as their highest level of education.

About nurses

Almost 70% of nurses rated salary and patient care as their number one and two job satisfiers.

8 of 10 managers and clinicians who responded are satisfied with their current job and 9 of 10 are satisfied with their peer relationships.

85.25% of respondents said that if they had it to do over again, they’d choose nursing as a career.

Read more results here.

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