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Comparison of Pediatric Nurse Salary to a Registered Nurse's Salary

by Forest Time

Registered nurses are nurses who hold an associate or bachelor's degree, and work in a wide variety of positions within a hospital or other health care facility -- including in pediatric wings. Pediatric nurses usually are registered nurses who specialize in the medical care of children. Nurses who work in pediatrics can become certified in this specialty through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

Average Pay for RNs

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses in all specialties and practice areas and at all levels of experience earned an average wage of $32.66 an hour and an average salary of $67,930 per year as of 2012. The median-earning 50 percent of registered nurses reported salaries ranging from $53,670 to $78,700 per year, with the highest average salaries reported by registered nurses working in the Northeast and West.

Non-Certified Pediatric Nurses

As of 2012, "Advance for Nurses" found that pediatric nurses without a specialty certification earned the most in the West, an average of $95,333 per year. Non-certified pediatric nurses in the Midwest averaged $75,000 per year, followed by those in the Northeast, who reported an average of $63,393 per year. Those who worked in the Mid-Atlantic and Lower Great Lakes states earned the least, an average of $52,185 per year -- just slightly less than the $53,313 averaged by non-certified pediatric nurses working in the Southeast.

Specialty-Certified Pediatric Nurses

As of 2012, "Advance" did not collect annual salary information about specialty-certified pediatric nurses working in the Mid-Atlantic and Lower Great Lakes states or the Midwest. However, specialty-certified pediatric nurses working in the West reported an average annual salary of $75,218. Specialty-certified pediatric nurses working in the Northeast reported a comparable average salary of $74,647 per year, while those employed in the Southeast earned an average of $68,095 a year.

Pay for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners are registered nurses who first hold a bachelor's degree and then pursue a master's or doctoral degree that allows them to practice as an NP. Because of this extra education, nurse practitioners often make considerably more than registered nurses. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse practitioners in all specialties earned an average salary of $91,450 per year as of 2012. By comparison, a 2012 "Advance" salary survey found that the 4.14 percent of full-time nurse practitioners who specialized in pediatrics earned an average of $87,395 per year.

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