Exciting Careers in the Nursing Field by Salary

Careers in Nursing Field CCUAre you pursuing a nursing degree at Colorado Christian University and are curious about what exciting nursing careers await you upon graduation? To learn more about various types of nursing positions and what job duties and responsibilities are involved in those positions, please read the CCU blog “Nursing Jobs: What to Expect with Different Positions” as it’s a lengthy list of some of the most common nursing jobs graduates pursue.

Let’s a take a fresh look at some of the most popular careers in nursing, this time, by salary level starting with the highest-paying nursing jobs. While pay should never be your only consideration when deciding upon a nursing specialty, we understand that income does matter, especially when you are the “breadwinner” and have a family for whom you are the main or even sole provider.


According to www.scrubsmag.com, here are the top ten nursing fields by annual salary:

10. Neonatal Nurse ($74,000)

9.  Gerontological Nurse Practitioner ($75,000)

8.  Clinic Nurse Specialist (($76,000)

7.  Nurse Practitioner ($78,000)

6.  Orthopedic Nurse ($81,000)

5.  Pediatric Endocrinology Nurse ($81,000)

4.  Certified Nurse Midwife ($84,000)

3.  Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner ($95,000)

2.  Nurse Researcher ($95,000)

1.  Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist ($135,000)

More Information About Careers in the Nursing Field

Scrubsmag.com provides some very helpful information for those interested in a nursing career. Here are some statistics gathered from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) about nursing jobs in 2013 organized by scrubsmag.com:

According to the BLS, nurses can expect to find a variety of employment opportunities in privately-owned, general medical surgical hospitals including doctors’ offices, local medical surgical hospitals, home health care agencies and nursing homes. Job seekers may also want to consider government agencies, nursing education and administrative roles in hospitals and insurance companies.

Surprising to many, nursing is amongst the higher paid professions. In May 2010, the average annual median salary for nurses was $64,690 per year (the top 10% earned more than $95,130). So what can you expect to make this year and in the near future (in the position not listed above, that is.) ? Nurses in private medical surgical hospitals can expect to earn $66,650 annually, and those who work in doctor’s offices, local medical surgical hospitals and home health agencies can all expect to earn a little over $60,000 a year.

Further, BLS stats show that growth for the nursing field is expected to increase exponentially by the year 2020. In fact, growth is projected to increase by 26%, while all other professions are only expected to grow by 14%. What is the best place to start your nursing career? The BLS statistics indicate that hospital nursing is a good place to find a job due to high turnover and the number of retirement-eligible nurses.

Some final words from scrubsmag.com: “The demand for nurses with at least a BSN is expected to rise in the US. Additionally, all advanced practice registered nurses, such as certified registered nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and nurse anesthetists are expected to be in higher demand. If you’re looking for the hot jobs in this profession, you would do well to advance your education as far as possible.”

If you’ve always wanted to be a nurse, there’s no better time than now to start your degree at CCU! In the College of Adult and Graduate Studies, we offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and an RN-BSN degree for registered nurses who want to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing.