An emergency room nurse is a highly trained registered nurse that provides medical care to patients who are dealing with a variety of life threatening injuries and/or illnesses.
The amount of money an emergency room nurse is likely to make can vary depending on their experience, the state they work in and the hospital they work for.
In the United States the average median salary for a staff emergency room nurse is around $68,000, however those with more experience and nurses who work in high paying locations can expect to earn around $86,000 per year.
On the lower end of the spectrum staff emergency room nurses may start at a salary of around $54,000.
Those who work as emergency room nurse practitioners will earn a higher median income.
In the United States the average income for an emergency room nurse practitioner around is $100,000 per year, while those at the highest end of the spectrum can earn over $120,000 annually.
Emergency room nurse practitioners in the bottom 10% of earners will make closer to $86,000 per year.
Head emergency room nurses can expect to earn a median salary of around $94,000 with salaries fluctuating between $65,000 – $120,000 depending on the head nurses experience, location and numerous other factors.
What goes into an emergency room nurses salary?
There are a number of factors that go into how much an emergency room nurse can make.
Some of these factors include location, overtime, work experience, education, negotiated salaries and work performance.
Here’s a little more detail on each of these categories:
Location – Where a nurse works can largely impact how much money he/she will take home.
Factors such as the cost of living, state taxes, population size (metropolitan vs rural) and hospital competition for valuable nurses can have an impact on an emergency room nurses hourly wage/salary.
Work hours – Another primary contributing factors towards the amount of money an emergency room nurse is able to make has to do with the amount of hours they work.
Simply put full-time nurses will earn more than part-time nurses and those who work overtime can significantly increase their salary beyond their areas median pay.
Experience – As an emergency room nurse gains more experience their ability to perform more tasks and be effective in the emergency room goes up and hospitals in need of quality emergency room nurses may be willing to offer a higher salary to hire them or keep them on board.
Education – Education can have a large impact on a nurses income. As mentioned earlier nurse practitioners can earn significantly more than staff ER nurses.
Specialty education/training can lead to positions in management and/or the ability to provide specialized care, which means more money for the nurse.
Hiring agreements – The hiring agreements that are set between the employer and employee will largely determine a nurses base pay, benefits and potential to earn bonuses/pay increases.
Performance – In the nursing field hard work can pay off.
Putting in the extra hours, obtaining additional certifications, assisting other nurses and doctors and simply being a hard worker can lead to pay increases and promotions.