The Top Ten Nursing Salaries

Do you ever wonder what nurse position makes the most money?
Usually the nurses who earn top salaries are the ones who have an advance practice specialty or in a higher-level management position according to the recently released National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses.

The survey found that even staff nurses with more education under their belts earn higher wages. Staff nurses with a master's or doctorate degree made, on average, $69,616 in 2008, while nurses with an associate degree made $59,310. The average RN, working as a staff nurse, made $61,706 in 2008.

The Top Ten Nursing Salaries
The top ten nursing salaries, according to the 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses:

1. Nurse anesthetist: $154,221
2. Management/administration: senior management: $96,735
3. Nurse practitioner: $85,025
4. Nurse midwife: $82,111
5. Management/administration: $78,356
6. Consultant: $76,473
7. Informatics nurse: $75,242
8. Management/administration: middle management: $74,799
9. Clinical nurse specialist: $72,856
10. Management/administration: first-line management: $72,006

Additionally, certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) are paid for providing a type of care that also generates substantial compensation for the physicians who provide this type of care. For comparison, anesthesiologists’ mean annual wage in 2009 was $211,750, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
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