Pediatric Nurse Salary

A pediatric nurse is a special type of RN or registered nurse involved in providing care for sick children. Based on the information released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2010, all registered nurses, including pediatric nurses earned a yearly average salary of $69,000. In general however, the pediatric nurse salary will be influenced by the following factors:

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Pediatric Nurse Salary

  • Entry $30,000
  • Mid $70,000
  • Top $150,000

  • State– The state where you want to work in will be a big factor in determining your expected pediatric nurse salary mainly due to the fact that cost of living standards vary from state to state.
    • California: $19,000 to $117,000
    • New York: $40,000 to $150,000
    • Texas: $30,500 to $70,000
    • Georgia: $40,000 to $80,000
    • Florida: $44,000 to $67,000

 

  • Employer / Medical Setting– Your income as a pediatric nurse will also vary from employer to employer and from one medical setting to the other.
    • Firms or Private Practice: $28,000 to $57,000 / $10,000 to $73,000
    • Hospitals: $27,000 to $79,000 / $31,000 to $91,000

 

  • Nursing Degree– Majority of pediatric nurses have a Bachelor’s Degree associated to their field, while some choose to pursue higher degrees for more job opportunities.
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: $31,000 to $88,000
    • Bachelor’s Degree: $28,000 to $95,000

 

  • Experience– Undoubtedly, your pediatric nurse salarywill be higher as you become more experienced in your field.
    • 1 to 4 years: $19,000 to $64,000
    • 5 to 9 years: $20,000 to $67,000
    • 10 to 19 years: $38,000 to 117,000

 

  • Certification – Many pediatric nurses usually go on to obtain various certifications for more job prospects and higher earnings. 
    • Critical Care: $14,000 to $119,000
    • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: $33,000 to $76,000
    • Registered Nurse: $22,000 to $76,000
    • Advanced Cardiac Support: $35,000 to $59,000

 

  • Specialty – Pediatric nurses specializing in specific pediatric areas typically earn more since they are considered experts in their chosen fields.
    • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit/NICU: $ 31,000 to $99,000
    • Labor, Delivery, and Birth: $24,000 to $99,000
    • Nursery: $19,000 to $70,900
    • Pediatrics: $24,000 to $75,000
    • Intensive Care Unit: $36,000 to $61,000
    • Emergency Room: $23,000 to $59,000

It is important to note that all these factors that can influence your pediatric nurse salary will ultimately depend on the proper pediatric nurse training.