How Much Do RNs Make?


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The median pay for a registered nurse is $65,470 per year, as of 2012. This is the most recent set of numbers released by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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The median hourly wage for an RN is $31.48, though things like special training, skills and work environment can make a difference in pay. An example of a nurse with special training and skills earning more would be a surgical nurse, compared to a floor nurse who handles a different type of patient care. An example of work environment that can affect an RN's pay rate would be a nurse who tends patients in-home compared to a nurse working in a hospital or nursing home.

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