Trends and Salary Survey Results

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Published 2023

American Nurse Journal compiles reader feedback on job satisfaction, salaries, and issues such as workplace violence on an annual basis. Our latest survey with 4,380 respondents was published in the January 2023 issue.


See our new data visualization display below covering this data over time. Note that you can click into the displays below to access other data view options. Data visualizations of our Trends and Salary survey taken by RNs from 2017 until now. Bookmark this page to revisit as we populate new data.

Money Matters

This year, 46% of nurses surveyed earned a salary between $80,000 and $139,999, up from 39% last year and 41% in 2020. Nearly half (47%) earn less than $80,000, and nearly two-thirds (62%) reported a higher salary compared to 12 months ago.

Raises reflect this trend toward higher salaries. More than half (54%) of respondents received a raise in the past year, with another 25% receiving one in the past 2 years. Clinicians were more likely than managers to have received a raise less than 1 year ago (66% vs. 45%).

The most common benefits respondents reported receiving were health insurance (60%), paid time off (58%), and dental insurance (54%).

As expected, those who work 35 hours or more a week receive more benefits. For example, 67% receive health insurance and paid time off. Other higher percentages included 60% for dental insurance, 55% for retirement benefits, and 51% for vision insurance.

About half (48%) of nurse managers received a discretionary bonus in the past 12 months, with another 23% receiving a nondiscretionary bonus; 7% received both. Nearly half (49%) of clinical nurses received additional compensation for shift work. Other areas where clinical nurses received additional compensation included certification (36%), charge nurse role (32%), serving as a preceptor (32%), education level (31%), and clinical ladder (22%).

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