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Nursing salaries and benefits: How do you compare?
December 2018 Vol. 13 No. 12
Author(s): 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%)
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.
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.