Even though male RNs are only 8 to 10% percent in the nursing workforce compared to the number of their female counterparts, they have an edge to brag about – their salaries.

According to a Medscape report, male nurses make an average 7 percent more than their female peers ($6,000 per year).

Medscape invited registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and advanced practice registered nurses across U.S. to participate in an online survey about their yearly earnings.

With more than 5,000 registered nurses completed the survey, Medscape stressed that male and female RNs report identical hourly pay rates ($37 for both), with no change from 2016, suggesting higher annual gross incomes for male nurses paid by the hour are not related to a difference in base pay.

In addition, Medscape noted that, however, since pay rates are usually tied to years of experience and female nurses in the survey said they have practiced for longer, women in nursing should have a higher average hourly pay rate.

The survey partially attributes the gender wage gap to the finding that male nurses are more likely to work overtime than female nurses and are more likely to work in settings that pay higher wages.

Below are the other key survey findings:

  • Male RNs earned $4,000 more than their female peers in annual income ($84,000 vs. $80,000).
  • Nurses who work in hospitals, occupational/employee health and industry settings have the highest annual income, at $84,000.
  • Annual gross income for full-time nurses has remained almost unchanged in the last two years, increasing from $80,000 in 2016 to $81,000 in 2017.
  • Most RNs (57 %) said they are paid hourly, while 43 percent are salaried. For nurses paid by the hour, average hourly wages were $37 for full-time employees and $38 for part-time employees.


Erudite Nursing Institute™ supports diversity in the nursing through fair and balanced salary partition between genders acquiring a more fruitful and productive clinical workforce.




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