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National Nurses Week 2014 | Employment Opportunities & Pay Are Great!

Posted by Brian Spence on May 5, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Healthcare, Staffing Services Here's some great news about nursing for National Nurses Week 2014: employment and salaries for your lifelong passion remain great! Just check out the latest info from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Licensed Practical Nurses

LPNs, also known as Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs), are projected to see job increases of 25 percent from 2012 to 2022.

  • This is much faster than the average 11 percent predicted for all jobs in all industries. Demand will be due primarily to an aging baby-boom population, whose chronic health conditions, like diabetes, will require skilled nursing care.
  • As of May 2012, the latest period for which complete information was available, LPNs averaged a mean $42,910 per year, or $20.63 per hour. The lowest earners received under $31,300 yearly, or $15.05 hourly, while the highest echelon earned over $58,020 annually, or $27.90 per hour.
  • The biggest employers were skilled nursing facilities, where pay averaged $43,960 per year, or $21.14 per hour. The highest salaries were in insurance related activities such as agencies. Annual salaries here ran a mean $51,370 annually, or $24.70 hourly.

Registered Nurses

Employment for RNs are expected to increase by 19 percent, which is close to the 20 percent employment rise for all health diagnosing and treating practitioners, such as doctors.  

  • Just like with LPNs, an aging population will be responsible for much of the employment growth.  Pay averaged $68,910 per year, or $33.13 per hour. This equaled an annual range of below $45,630 to above $96,320, or $21.94 to $46.31 hourly.
  • The biggest employers were general medical and surgical hospitals, offering average wages of $70,590 yearly, or $33.94 hourly.

  • The highest paying jobs were with other transit and ground passenger transportation at a mean annual $86,780, or $41.72 per hour.

Why not use this week of celebration to find out how to improve your nursing prospects. Please contact us for more information.

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