A nursing career salary can vary depending on several variables. Whether you are starting a new career or an experienced nurse you need to give some thought to what your salary is and where you would like it to be.
What are the things you need to consider?
Let’s start from the beginning- education. Are you or do you wish to be an LPN, RN or perhaps a Nurse Practitioner? Your level of education will impact what level you reach in your career and with that affect your salary.
Now, what about your experience? Are you just starting our or do you have 15 years of on the job training? You are going to command a higher relative salary as you gain in experience. I say relative because someone with 15 years on the job in one specialty may not make as much as another with 5 years in a higher paying specialty.
So, lets talk about specialties. There are way too many to list them all here, but your nursing career salary can be dramatically different depending on your specialty. If you are just starting as a nurse, or even if you have been one for some time, you should do a little research on what specialties interest you and what the paycheck benefits are for each of them. You might be surprised to find that something you like can pay you 25% more than what you currently bring home!
Geography. Yes this is a big one too. Where do you live? If you live in a predominantly rural setting, your bring home pay may be less than someone in a more metropolitan area. However you also need to consider the cost of living in those areas. The two components combined will impact the affect that your salary has. If you live in a high compensation but low cost of living area you get more bang for your buck!