Registered Nurse (RN), Critical Cares are the best paid with the average salary hovering at about $33.38 per hour; Operating Room Registered Nurses, Emergency Room Registered Nurses, and Registered Nurses also rank near the top of the list, pulling in $30.14, $29.91, and around $28.71, respectively. Phlebotomists are among the lowest paid at a median salary of $13.80.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $31.70 per hour) can be spotted in Austin, Texas; Detroit, Mich. ($26.15), Birmingham, Ala. ($23.87), and Milwaukee, Wisc. (around $23.23) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at $17.50) is Jacksonville, Fla. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Texas, where the average salary is approximately $25.41 per hour.
Years of Experience
For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to about $19.99 per hour. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Ascension Health employees (32 percent) have one to four years of experience and earn $20.87 per hour on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Salaries approach about $31.04 per hour for Advanced Cardiac Life Support Specialists; non-accredited workers make much less. At Ascension Health, employees who hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) receive the highest pay at around $40.24.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Telemetry; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $27.05 per hour. A common skill in Ascension Health's work force is Customer Service; about an eighth of survey participants report using it on the job. Acute Care, Electronic Medical Records, and Geriatrics are also desirable skills.
Ascension Health's employees who participated in the survey are more likely to be female — the female-to-male ratio is more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
30 percent have paid vacation, and only about 9 percent can take paid time off for illness. Ascension Health workers get plenty of help saving for their golden years, with retirement savings options such as a 403(b) plan and a 401(k) plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for most employees, and a large number of employees report receiving dental coverage as well. Some other perks are life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a casual working environment.