Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) Salaries

With the economic crisis affecting various countries around the world today, finding a good job that is stable and offers a reasonable pay can be quite difficult especially those looking for a job within an industry that has been greatly affected by the economic crisis. However, health care professionals do not suffer much from these kinds of problems because the health industry is a stable and growing industry despite the poor economic performance of the country. Registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, physicians, physical therapists and other health care workers are some of the most in demand and highly paid professionals in the country today.

A lot of nurses consider the option of continuing their education and earn higher degrees in order to obtain higher salaries and better career opportunities. Registered nurses and even those who graduated with an associate degree in nursing aim to become an advanced practice registered nurses by taking higher nursing education programs like a master’s degree, post-graduate degree, or a doctorate degree in nursing. The average income earned by registered nurses in the United States ranges from $45,000 to $80,000 annually based on the statistics provided by PayScale.

On the other hand, advanced practice registered nurses can earn as high as $60,000 and $140,000 annually. Their annual earnings can be higher or lower depending on their experience, expertise or specialization, location and work setting. Even entry level advanced practice registered nurses earn very high salaries compared to other entry level professionals earning as much as $55,000 to $65,000 as their starting pay for the first few years of their career as an APRN. Experienced and established advanced practice registered nurses especially those who have been providing health services in the industry for years and has gained specializations in certain nursing fields can earn higher income ranging from $100,000 to $140,000 every year.

When it comes to specializations, registered nurses aiming to become an advanced practice registered nurses can have wide options. They can opt to specialize in nursing and health fields like gerontology, family care, pediatrics, women’s health, cardiology, psychiatry, orthopedics, mental health, sports medicine and even dermatology. According to PayScale, some of the highest paid APRNs are those who earned specialization in cardiology, psychiatry, and family practice. Cardiovascular advanced practice registered nurses earn about $70,000 to $140,000 annually. Psychiatric advanced practice registered nurses can earn an income of $75,000 to $95,000 yearly while APRNs specializing on family care can earn as much as $60,000 to $100,000 every year.

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