Neonatal nurses may earn an average salary of $50,000 – $135,000 on an annual basis; however the average estimated salary for a neonatal nurse in the United States is around $73,000 – $98,000 per year.
The large disparity in a neonatal nurses pays scale is influenced by where the neonatal nurse is located (the state they operate in), their overall level of education, training and experience and any negotiated payment terms made between them and their employer such as hourly wages/salary, benefits, bonuses and various other perks.
One of the biggest determining factors in a neonatal nurse’s salary (aside from their training and education level) is their state of residence.
Neonatal nurses that work in large metropolitan areas that have a higher associated cost of living generally make more than those who work in rural areas.
While this is not always the case the location they work in can have a significant effect on a neonatal nurse’s salary.
One big caveat for those that earn a higher salary in states with a higher cost of living is the fact that the increased cost of living may nullify any financial advantage a neonatal nurse may be perceived to acquire due to the additional expenses of living in a higher cost state.
Neonatal nurses are highly trained registered nurses or nurse practitioners that provide medical care to newborn babies within their first month of birth.
Due to the many medical complications newborn babies can face neonatal nursing is a vital component to the health care system and an extremely important asset to the communities in which they serve.
Depending on their level of training and education neonatal nurses may be trained in neonatal resuscitation (generally required to become a neonatal nurse), medication application and usage, specialized training in dealing with abnormalities, birth defects and various other birth complications as well as other neonatal related training.
As various states and communities continue to grow the need for highly trained neonatal nurses will also continue to expand creating more jobs and demand for those who have an interest in specializing in this field of healthcare.