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Web site spotlight: Nurse salaries remain on the rise

Nurse Leader Insider, July 27, 2009

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Nurse salaries are climbing considerably across the nation, according to recently released employer survey data.

The 2009 Compensation Data Healthcare results compiled by Compdata Surveys show wages for RNs increased by 9.2% over the last three years—which means the current average nurses’ salary is $61,300. The year-to-year salary increases for nurses have been between $2,000 and $3,000.

Researchers gathered the data among more than 320,000 nurses from nearly 900 healthcare organizations across the U.S. through questionnaires. These included hospitals, long-term care and rehabilitation facilities, homecare agencies, and physician clinics. Results show nurses on the coasts of the country have the highest salaries; nurses in the Western region will take in an average $75,300 in 2009; and those in the Northeast will make about $67,400.

The findings illustrate the healthcare industry has yearly pay increase budgets running around 3%, while other businesses have pay increases around 2%. The average nursing salary jumped up by 5.3% from 2008 to 2009 alone.

Editor's note: This excerpt was adapted from the article, "Nurse salaries remain on the rise" featured in The Reading Room on HCPro's online resource center, www.StrategiesforNurseManagers.com.

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