Operating Room Registered Nurses represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at about $32.00 per hour — though Emergency Room Registered Nurses, Registered Nurses, and Administrative Assistants also do fairly well at $25.29, around $22.74, and $15.27, respectively. Near the bottom at St. Luke's Hospital are Medical Assistants, pulling in an average of just approximately $13.25.
Years of Experience
Average pay is $16.31 per hour for those with five to nine years of experience. The greater proportion of employees (41 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of around $15.05 per hour.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $29.00 per hour) can be spotted in St. Louis, Mo.; Kansas City, Mo. ($21.82), Twin Falls, Idaho ($21.28), and Boise, Idaho ($20.92) are the next top-paying cities. Bethlehem, Pa. ranks low on the pay scale — at approximately $13.59, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. Across its U.S. offices, the state of Minnesota pays St. Luke's Hospital the most — $29.74 per hour on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Registered Nurses are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $30.52 per hour. St. Luke's Hospital compensates Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy (OT)-holders the most at approximately $37.00 per hour.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Medicine / Surgery; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of about $25.77 per hour. Acute Care also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; approximately one-eighth of employees surveyed report using it at work. Electronic Medical Records, Emergency Room, and Customer Service were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
Only 28 percent enjoy paid vacation days and paid sick time — a rather disappointing finding. Employees looking to save up for old age can choose from several options including a 401(k) plan and a 403(b) plan. Health insurance is part of the package for a large number of workers, and for a fair number of employees, dental coverage is too. The list of perks also includes life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a casual working environment.