How Much Does a Nurse Make?

From taking your temperature to making sure your hospital stay is comfortable, nurses are the ultimate multi-taskers in the medical world. But, just how much does a nurse get paid to take vitals and comfort patients in their time of need? Nurses are paid an hourly rate for their services and many different factors affect their overall pay.

According to, the median hourly rate for people in nursing depends on their job [1].

Registered Nurse (RN) – $25.78

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) – $10.45

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) – $17.41

Registered Nurse (Emergency Room) – $27.54

Charge Nurse (RN) –  $29.15

Registered Nurse (Operating Room) –  $28.74

Nurse Assistant –  $11.33

Years of experience can also affect how much a nurse makes. Nurses with less than one year of experience makes an average of $19.67 per hour. Nurses who have been in the business for more than 20 years increase their chances of promotion and can expect an average hourly rate of $28.59.

Location plays a role in how much a nurse is paid. For example, California pays their nurses an average of $32.30 per hour, while a nurse in North Carolina stands to make an average of $20.58 per hour.


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