Elite Learning Announces Availability of its 2018 Nursing Salary Guide

Publicly-Available National Report Includes Feedback From More Than
22,000 Nurses

ST. LOUIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#healthcareElite
, a comprehensive online learning destination that provides
professionals in healthcare with convenient ways for managing and
advancing their careers and continuing education, announced the results
of its 2018 nationwide nursing salary survey. The survey, which includes
nurses at every level from LPN to advanced practice, focused on
specialization, location, education, and benefits was conducted by
ADVANCE Healthcare Network, an Elite Learning company.

Within the top 20 specialties, the average salary is 23 percent higher
for nursing professionals who pursue and obtain additional knowledge
through ongoing and specialized education. Medical/Surgical was the most
commonly reported specialty; on average these nurses earned more than 17
percent more than those without higher education. Out of the 68
specialty areas represented in the survey, 65 showed a positive
correlation between education and salary.

“This year’s Nursing Salary Guide has the highest recorded response rate
since the survey started 10 years ago,” said Janet Blanner, General
Manager of Elite Learning. “Comprised of 35 questions, the findings
conclude that continuing education, including the addition of
specialized certifications, remains critical to nurses who want to learn
new skills and increase their salary potential.”

On a state by state basis, nurses working full-time in California topped
the chart averaging $106,000, while nurses in West Virginia earned an
average salary of $63,000. The highest paying job in the nursing sector
is Nurse Anesthetist at $150,000. Midwife and Nurse Practitioner are
second and third both earning an average of $115,000. Nurses working in
schools represented the lowest earners at $60,000.

While salary is typically based on years of experience, after 15 years
this trend levels off. Nurses with 6-15 years’ experience earn 20-25
percent higher than nurses with 5 years or less experience. For nurses
with 16-25 years’ experience, the increase was between 8-10 percent.
After 25 years’ experience, the salary difference was statistically

Other key survey findings include:

  • 50 percent of nurses worked overtime either on a volunteer or mandate
  • Nurses working in a not-for-profit facility made on average of $5,000
    a year more than nurses working in for-profit hospitals
  • Unionized nurses earn an average of 10 percent more than their
    non-union peers
  • 55 percent of nurses received a cost of living or merit-based salary
    increase over the past year
  • Nursing remains a female-dominated profession; male nurses, who
    represent only 13 percent of the nurses within the United States
    regardless of age and level of education, earned about 13 percent more
    than their female peers
  • 90 percent of survey respondents who work in multiple states hold more
    than one license

the 2018 Nursing Salary Guide
or view the interactive
state-by-state salary map
. To learn more about Elite Learning,
please visit elitecme.com/nursing/.


Elite Learning is a comprehensive online learning destination that
provides professionals with convenient ways for managing and advancing
their careers, from required continuing education to news and resources.
Featuring a proprietary learning platform and a comprehensive library of
courses, Elite Learning offers CE to licensed professionals in
healthcare, including nurses, social workers, physical therapists, and
occupational therapists, and others. Elite Learning helps professionals
learn more so they can succeed in their careers. For more information,
visit elitecme.com.


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