Operating Room Registered Nurses represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $32.00 per hour — though Emergency Room Registered Nurses, Registered Nurses, and Administrative Assistants also do fairly well at about $29.00, $22.45, and around $15.27, respectively. On the lower end are Certified Nurse Assistants at $13.03 on average.
Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average pay of approximately $15.98 per hour. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (42 percent) have been working for one to four years and make around $18.16 per hour on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($23.50 per hour) can be spotted in Duluth, Minn.; Kansas City, Mo. ($21.82), St. Louis, Mo. ($20.42), and New Bedford, Mass. (about $17.26) are the next top-paying cities. Allentown, Pa. ranks low on the pay scale — at approximately $11.99, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of Texas; pay there average to around $23.65 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Registered Nurse certainly has its perks — salaries approach $30.68 per hour and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. The highest-paying degree here is a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy (OT); St. Luke's Hospital awards $37.00 to these degree-holders.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Medicine / Surgery; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of $27.00 per hour. A relatively widespread skill at St. Luke's Hospital is Acute Care; nearly one-seventh of employees use it for work. Many workers usually know Electronic Medical Records, Customer Service, and Emergency Room as well.
Benefits and Perks
The company pays out both vacation time and sick leave for only a quarter of survey participants. Those seeking to set aside retirement funds can rely on several savings options such as a 401(k) plan, a 403(b) plan, and a company pension plan. At St. Luke's Hospital, a solid majority of respondents have health insurance, and a strong majority of employees have dental coverage. A few more workplace perks are life insurance and tuition reimbursement.