As of 2011, according to the Wall Street Journal, male nurses make on average a yearly salary of $60,700. That amount is about 16 percent more than what female nurses made in the same year. This figure depends on location and experience.
While nursing is primarily thought of as a field dominated by females, there are more men choosing the occupation. As of 2011, men made up nearly 10 percent of all registered nurses. That figure shows a steady increase, up a bit from 8 percent in the year 2000, and even more from only 3 percent in 1970.
There are nursing specialties, which may pay a higher salary than a general registered nurse. Some examples include:
- Neonatal nurse - duties include caring for newborn babies who are sick or premature. The average salary as of 2010 is $74,000 per year.
- Orthopedic nurse - the specialty here is with musculoskeletal problems such as joint replacements and arthritis. As of 2012, the average yearly salary is $81,000.
- Certified nurse midwife - these nurses provide women's health care including gynecological exams and care during and after pregnancy. The salary as of 2010 is $84,000.
- Certified registered nurse anesthetist - responsibilities include administering anesthesia to patients during operations. The average starting salary as of 2010 is $135,000.