Nurses find joy in helping others; it’s why they do what they do. But not all nursing specialties are created equal, so finding the right field or specialization among the different types of nursing fields can make a big difference in your income potential. To help you get ideas for your career, here are the top ten highest-paying nursing specialties and fields:
In this specialty, you can expect to administer anesthesia in a variety of possible settings including inpatient, outpatient, and emergency facilities. In this competitive specialization one of the best ways to set yourself apart is to become trained as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). The typical annual salary for nurse anesthetists ranges from $90,000 to $135,000.
A great specialty if you like to write, nurse researchers work in universities, medical labs, non-profits, and other healthcare-centric industries. This field is perfect for nurses who love pursuing knowledge, so additional education is a must! Nurses in the research field can expect an annual salary ranging from $75,000 to $95,000.
Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Also referred to as psychiatric nurse practitioners, nurses specializing in mental health work with patients suffering psychiatric disorders. Nurses in the mental health field often partner with families and other practitioners to provide the best care, education, and support possible. The salary range for Mental Health Nurse Practitioners is generally between $70,000 and $90,000 a year.
Certified Nurse Midwife
Nurse Midwives assist in births in hospital, clinic, and home settings as well as providing care for newborn babies. Nurse midwives can also be involved in patient care and education in the area of reproductive health. Advanced education as a certified nurse midwife helps achieve the median salary of about $75,000.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
If you like working with children, pediatric nursing is the specialty for you! Since pediatric nurses are looked to for their expertise, an advanced education and board certification are required. Pediatric Nurse Practitioners generally earn between $65,000 and $75,000 per year depending on experience and additional specializations within the field.
Orthopedic nurses work to prevent and treat musculoskeletal problems, from fractures to chronic systemic disorders. Orthopedics help patients improve mobility; this requires specialty certification. Generally the salaries in orthopedic nursing range from $80,000 to $90,000 annually.
Nurse practitioners provide basic preventative health services and are increasingly serving as primary care providers, particularly in underserved areas. This specialty, though advanced, is broad, and additional education can lead to an average salary of $78,000.
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Clinical Nurse Specialists develop standards for quality of care and work to ensure those standards are met. Often Clinical Nurse Specialists have a highly specific expertise, so advanced education and management skills are important. In this field, average salaries range from $78,000 to over $90,000.
Geriatric nurses, or nurse practitioners, work with the elderly and have a wide range of responsibilities. An overall ageing population means this specialty is in increasing demand. Geriatric nursing is a great opportunity for multilingual and highly-educated nurses to earn anywhere from $75,000 to over $100,000 annually.
Working with premature babies or newborns who require critical care is a growing field with challenges and potential for great rewards. For nurses with specialized training and the ability to work well with newborns and their families in difficult times, this specialty can earn upwards of $74,000 a year.
There are so many different types of nurse practitioners that the opportunities abound if you are passionate and have the right education.
Contact CCU about our varied levels of nursing programs so you can get started on a rewarding career!