How Much Do Pediatric Nurses Make?

In Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse, Salary
April 13, 2017

How Much Do Pediatric Nurses Make?

If you’re asking “how much do pediatric nurses make?”, then you’re likely considering the occupation as a career. This article takes an in-depth look at job growth and salaries of nurses over the next decade.

Pediatric nurses play a critical role in the healthcare field by directly caring for the injured and/or ill, and their skills have only become more valuable since the inception of the Affordable Care Act. With the expansion of healthcare coverage and an aging population, the need for more nurses in the future is greater than ever before.

If you’re considering a career in healthcare, now is a great time to consider nursing as a career. As new patients gain coverage and flood hospitals, demand for nurses and other support positions is climbing and is projected to continue over the next decade, employers are willing to pay higher salaries to attract skilled nurses.

How Much Do Pediatric Nurses Make?

How much a pediatric nurse can make via salary can vary dramatically depending on several factors, including location, age, experience, education, skill-level, type of position and several others.

As represented in the graph below, pediatric nurses without any further specialization can expect to earn a median hourly wage of $30.31, or $63,051 per year.

Pediatric Nurse Salary

However, you can directly influence this figure to increase your income well over six figures by going further in your education and specializing in a particular area, doing consulting work, or working as a contract or self-employed nurse.

Return on Investment

In order to become a pediatric nurse, students must pursue a either an associate’s degree in nursing or a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) which will generally take 2-4 years of your time. The return on investment for nurses will ultimately vary based on the individual, their circumstances, and whether they intend to pursue a specialized nursing degree such as becoming a nurse practitioner.

A nurse who pursued an associate’s degree and goes straight onto the job market after two years can be completely debt free only a few years later, but will be limited in their earning potential when compared to nurse practitioners who can earn up to twice what an RN does. The potential for earning more also comes with the increased risk of higher debt.

Regardless of which path you choose, with a projected 2 million new nurses being employed between 2016 and 2030, you can be confident that your job security is among the best in the country.

Best States for Pediatric Nurse Salaries

A major factor in determining what your salary may look like is the location in which you plan to work. However, this principle applies to nearly all occupations largely due to the varying cost-of-living rates across the country.

Employers must pay workers residing in states like California more than those in Tennessee as are willing to pursue a career which requires years of education only to make a lackluster wage for their area.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics collects salary and employment data for nearly all positions, nationwide. The following table ranks all 50 states from the highest to lowest paying for nurses:

*Location quotients serve as a statistical representation of the concentration of a resource, like jobs, with a broader base area.

StateEmploymentEmployment per thousand jobsLocation quotientHourly mean wageAnnual mean wage
California274,65017.200.85$48.68$101,750
Hawaii11,30017.880.88$43.33$88,910
Massachusetts85,14024.661.21$42.62$89,060
Alaska5,57017.220.85$42.55$86,450
Oregon35,22019.670.97$40.29$87,000
Nevada20,25015.790.79$39.16$81,460
New Jersey79,40020.070.99$38.38$80,580
District of Columbia10,53015.580.78$38.25$79,560
New York180,73019.870.98$37.96$80,830
Washington55,35018.040.89$37.56$80,120
Connecticut32,93019.670.97$37.18$78,270
Rhode Island12,15025.571.26$36.74$75,200
Maryland53,30020.190.99$35.19$74,710
Minnesota61,83022.001.08$34.77$73,940
Arizona52,61019.830.97$34.51$73,430
Delaware11,32025.681.26$34.33$79,820
Colorado47,59018.980.93$33.65$70,550
Texas207,81017.590.87$33.60$70,390
Illinois121,67020.611.01$33.54$70,890
Michigan91,13022.001.08$32.54$69,100
Pennsylvania139,48024.271.19$32.47$68,770
New Hampshire13,26020.561.01$32.30$68,680
Wisconsin55,41019.750.97$31.94$67,930
New Mexico16,20020.210.99$31.74$68,670
Vermont5,85019.200.94$31.65$67,780
Virginia63,82016.970.83$31.41$66,670
Maine14,19023.791.17$30.92$63,800
Florida174,71021.251.04$30.75$64,630
Georgia73,33017.400.86$30.38$64,750
Ohio128,03023.981.18$30.19$63,690
Montana9,80021.551.06$30.12$64,300
Louisiana44,78023.301.14$30.03$63,370
Wyoming4,97018.000.88$29.84$62,980
Idaho12,33018.580.91$29.46$62,470
South Carolina41,80021.111.04$29.38$63,470
Utah21,47015.610.77$29.33$62,360
North Carolina99,05023.411.15$29.07$61,330
Missouri67,92024.631.21$28.44$60,830
Oklahoma27,66017.430.86$28.39$60,630
Nebraska21,24021.940.78$28.35$83,790
Indiana63,87021.351.05$28.32$60,050
North Dakota8,71020.480.94$28.31$60,840
Kentucky45,50024.341.20$28.26$59,810
West Virginia20,88029.941.47$27.89$59,830
Tennessee60,08020.770.99$27.67$58,410
Kansas27,13019.740.97$27.60$58,260
Mississippi28,59025.591.26$27.39$57,010
Alabama47,44024.801.22$27.35$56,900
Arkansas23,28019.620.96$27.34$57,630
South Dakota12,13029.041.43$26.49$55,920

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