Men in Nursing Earn About $6,000 More Annually than Women
In a profession dominated by women, men in nursing earn more than $6,000 more a year than their female counterparts, according to a Nurse.com by OnCourse Learning survey of more than 4,500 U.S. nurses.
The Nursing Salary Research Report, which included registered nurses from all 50 states, showed men earn an average of $79,688 compared to $73,090 for women. Men make up almost 12% of the U.S. nursing workforce.
The fact that men earn higher salaries is something Brent MacWilliams, PhD, MSN, RN, APNP, APN-BC, president of the American Association for Men in Nursing, would like to see change.
“Traditionally, men have gravitated toward acute care, high-paid specialties and to management/administration, which are all higher paying,” he said. “Based on this survey, it seems clear men are being paid significantly more than women in the profession doing comparable work. I would call on employers to assess their current workforce for gender gaps and raise salaries to create parity.”
One important aspect of earnings is men are more likely to negotiate their salaries, the survey found. While 43% of men “most of the time or always” negotiate, only 34% of women do so.
Fifty percent of overall respondents said pursuing higher education, certification, or training to boost salary was a consideration or goal.
Attaining professional certifications is one way female nurses can close the salary gap.
Survey results showed men with specialty certifications had a salary only $1,252 higher than certified female nurses.
Additional findings in the survey include:
- Millennials have the highest proportion of bachelor’s-prepared nurses (63%) among four generations surveyed.
- Baby boomers have the highest percentage of professional certifications (43%).
- The average one-way commute for nurses is 16 miles. The farthest nurses are willing to commute is 26 miles.
The survey has a 95% confidence interval and a 1.5% margin of error on its sample.
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