rn salary by specialty

Explore the top RN Salary by specialty!! Where do you want your career to take you? What drives you and where do you want to go in your nursing career? Review the sections and identify what else is needed other than a RN license to work in that area. Find out out what the RN salary by specialty is!  Data is based on collective research looking for average salary ranges to identify a low and high range for each specialty. 

Specialty

#1 - Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

About

The CRNA works in an advanced practice nurse capacity and is specially trained to provide anesthesia to patients pre and post surgery.

Education

Advanced Degree: MSN

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Salary

Low-$95,274

Median - $139,304

High - $184,500

Projected Growth: 

31% growth with high demand

(NurseJournals.org)

#2- Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)

About

The CNO is the vice president of patient services and has responsibilities that ensure policies for patient safety and patient care, while overseeing budgets. View this great Medscape article on becoming a CNO

Education

Minimum of a Masters in Nursing Administration or related Masters in Healthcare Administration

Salary

Low - $86,726

Median - $123,147

High - $187,432

Projected Growth:

55% retirement projected - Huge Opportunity for emerging Nurse Leaders


# 3 Nurse Practitioner (NP)

About

Advanced practice RN clinicians who specialize in various practice settings such as general, pediatric, geriatric, and women's health

Education

Advanced degree: MSN and/or DNP (Doctorate of Nursing Practice). For Top  NP Schools Click Here!

Salary

Low - $87,636

Median - $101,639

High - $118,405

Projected Growth:

With the primary care shortage, NP's are in high demand to ensure healthcare to the public


#4 Surgical First Assist

About

perioperative RN who works with the surgeon for the best patient outcome

Education

RN with OR experience and additional 2 semesters of education

Salary

Low - $72,089

Median - $88,221

High - $107,317

Projected Growth:

High - 15%

#5 Nurse Manager

About

The nurse manager is a RN with a BSN or higher who manages the nursing staff. The manager creates schedules, ensures optimal staffing, fields complaints. and works with others to improve policies that affect patient outcomes and staffing.

Education

RN with BSN or higher


Salary

Low - $59,212

Median - $79,725

High - $108,478

Projected Growth:

High - 17%

(Bureau of Labor Statistics)

#6 Infection Control Nurse

About

This RN deal with the bugs of the organization by investigating outbreaks, creating policies, working with nurse and medical leaders to prevent unnecessary infections.

Education

Most organizations require RN with BSN and certification 

Salary 

Median- $78.913

High - $93.023


#7 Research Nurse

About

RN who perform clinical research to improve patient care

Education

RN with BSN, MSN prefered

Salary

Median - $73.841

High - $91.843

#8 Clinical Nurse Leader

About

RN who focuses on care coordination and nursing supervision

Education

RN with BSN

Salary

Median - $84,000

#9 Informatics Nurse

About

RN who provides data to nursing and medical staff and teaches and implements new technology and systems

Salary

Median - $83,000


#10 Pediatric Endocrinology Nurse

About

Pediatric trained RN who helps with endocrine disorders


Salary

Median - $81,000

#11 Clinical Nurse Specialist

RN specialty trained in a specific area that treats and diagnoses illness

Education

RN with BSN, MSN and Post Master's Preferred

Salary

Median - $76,000

High - $120,000+

#12 Diabetes Nurse

About

RN skilled in diabetic management who works with clinical staff and with patients to help improve glucose control.

Education

RN with BSN & Certification

Salary

Median - $75,000

#13 Medical-Surgical Nurse

About

Clinical RN who cares for multiple patients on a medical-surgical unit of an acute care facility

Education

RN*

Salary

Median - $75,000

#14 Oncology Nurse

About

RN who works in multiple settings who provides chemotherapy drugs to cancer patients

Education

RN*

Salary

Median - $68,000


#15 Geriatric Nurse

About

RN who works with elderly patients in home, nursing home, or hospital setting.

Education

RN*

Salary

Median - $65,000

* = Entry level may require a ADN and RN license, however many acute care settings are requiring a BSN for entry level or within 3-5 years of start. 

#16 Critical Care Nurse

About

Critical Care nurses tend to work in the ICU, Emergency Department, and recovery areas. They are proficient in advanced airway management, critical medications such as blood pressure support, antiarrythmics, and sedation drugs. 

Education

Registered Nurse with advanced training in critical care, ACLS, and PALS

Salary

$68,450