Nurse Salaries 2015: What CNAs, LPNs, NPs, RNs and more are making this year!

This article was republished with permission from SCRUBS Magazine.

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It’s classic etiquette: Never discuss politics or religion in public—and particularly not in the workplace. For most of us, discussing salary also falls on this list of forbidden topics.

However, knowing how your salary stacks up to other nurses in your area can be crucial to your career planning process. With nursing salaries on the rise, learning where you stand among your colleagues can help determine if you should be happy where you are or if it’s time to update the ol’ resume.

With that in mind, we’ve created the 2015 nurse salaries guide.

The charts below, from, display the median salaries of a variety of nursing positions for different levels of experience. Nurses enter real salaries on the site, and the numbers are continually updated as more nurses respond. (As you know, nurse salaries will vary greatly from region to region and city to city. Additionally, it’s important to note that some positions have less respondents than others.)

We want to know: How do these salaries compare to those in your area? Sound off in the comments below.

RN Salary by Years of Experience


CNA Salary by Years of Experience


LPN Salary by Years of Experience


Staff Nurse Salary by Years of Experience


Charge Nurse Salary by Years of Experience


Nurse Practitioner Salary by Years of Experience


Emergency Room Nurse Salary by Years of Experience


Operating Room Nurse Salary by Years of Experience


Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Salary by Years of Experience

This article was republished with permission from SCRUBS Magazine.

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4 years ago

I have been a Registered Nurse for 20+ years. I’ve learned so much over the years and concluded that we (nurses) don’t get into this field for the money. Nursing is part of my identity and the monetary benefits of my career are secondary. I am a nurse because I love helping people, not for a paycheck. Yes, it’s nice to receive a check on Friday, and the bills still have to be paid, but I NEVER go into any nursing position for the money! Nursing is my passion, it’s who I am, not just what I do. If you… Read more »

5 years ago

These numbers are plain and simple BS. If a new grad makes $25 an hour that is a fantastic wage. With over six years experience and board certification I make less than $45K per year. These guys must have conjured up the numbers. Or perhaps the numbers are reflective of the fact that most nurses work 2-3 jobs to make this kind of money.

5 years ago

I too became an RN late in life ,46 and could not get job in town I lived in, went to Fl med surg for $20 an hour. Then went back home after a few months worked in a small hospital and hospice, paid very well 34+$ hr. I then went to a large hospital and wirk in a specialty area making 40+ hr.Its not easy but if you keep pounding the pavement you will eventually find work. I think age bias is bogus we have hired many older nurses, on in particular in her 70s.

5 years ago

What do you think a school nurse should be making? My coleauges and I are making $ 14.75 and hr. We do so much, and get so little recognition. Thank you for letting me vent.

5 years ago

Thank you. This confirms I’m making the right choice to not pursue my RN. I’m an LPN and still paying my school loan for 15 years now. Don’t want more loans and be in the same boat. Very sad.

5 years ago

Those figures are low. In our area Licensed Nurses make a lot more than what’s posted. Yet nurses feel they are getting underpaid. Where did you get your figures?

5 years ago

That was the most unrealistic pay scale I have ever seen, so far off it was laughable. I agree with the others, the bean counters and pogues could care less about experience, especially when they can get a new grad for 20K less. Before you know it, they will be hiring unlicensed personnel at 30K less. Many, many of my friends and colleagues are leaving Nursing because of ineffective leaders who make stupid decisions. I have been around for a while (combat medic, LPN, Paramedic, RN, BSN, CEN, was working towards MSN and I realized I was spending a boatload… Read more »

5 years ago

I hear your frustration- I am a Registered Nurse with 30 years experience and a specialty certification in my field and excellent references. It took me months to find my current job after I moved to this state. I took a $5000 a year cut in income, so I’m now making about $54K a year.
Where are those $72K jobs? I know of no one who makes that kind of money working ordinary hours. The only RN I know making that kind of $, regularly works 48-50 hours a week, 12 to 16 hour days, evenings, holidays, weekends.

5 years ago

I too am an RN with 30 years experience and a specialty certification in my field. It took me months to find a job after I moved to this state, and HR told me that the hourly rate they quoted me was their starting range for a nurse with my experience, about $5/hour less than it is back in my home state. According to your charts I should be making $70-72,000 a year. I make about $54,000. I had to take the job because, although I can’t prove it, I believe ageism or the fact that they can hire a… Read more »

Tammy sabens
5 years ago

Yes I agree with you two ladies. I am in the same boat with you guys. I am 55 work at an RN job making 41 k. Worst in my career. That being said, with all the young girls we are screwed. No way will I ever be able to pay my school loans. I can barely make it and have taken a second job back in a nursing home I swore would never do. Worst decision of my life was to do this.

5 years ago

You’re so right Madelyn. I’m in the same boat – 30+ years of diverse experience, double masters (MS/MPH), and no recognition for what I can bring to the table. The problem with my situation is any job that really pays wants my life an I’m not willing to give that up so easily; plus the fact that no organization will even entertain my resume due to my age. Like you, I can’t prove that, but I know it’s true. So, I work at a non-profit for less money than I was making as a LPN back in the 80’s. I… Read more »

5 years ago

What were you guys smoking when you came up with these charts? With almost 30 years experience, I cannot even get hired at a local hospital. I’ve been doing agency nursing because no hospital is going to hire someone my age (experience be damned) if they can get someone out of nursing school for 20 grand less. So experience means nothing. Oh yeah, can’t prove it’s the age thing.
I even reapplied for a job I held for 10 years and had only been gone for 2 years, and was told they wanted someone with more experience.