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How much do surgical nurses and NICU nurses get paid? I've been researching and I keep getting a wide range of answers.

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For surgical nurses, this website gives you an excellent breakdown by state averages: https://www.ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/What-Is-the-Average-Surgical-Nurse-Salary-by-State . Of course, salaries will vary depending upon a wide range of factors. Here are the averages (hourly and salary):

New York - Surgical Nurse Salary
$37.57 $78,138
Massachusetts - Surgical Nurse Salary
$37.20 $77,374
Washington - Surgical Nurse Salary
$36.95 $76,860
New Hampshire - Surgical Nurse Salary
$36.20 $75,293
Hawaii - Surgical Nurse Salary
$35.77 $74,397
Maryland - Surgical Nurse Salary
$34.49 $71,730
Connecticut - Surgical Nurse Salary
$34.45 $71,649
North Dakota - Surgical Nurse Salary
$34.23 $71,205
Alaska - Surgical Nurse Salary
$34.23 $71,205
Wyoming - Surgical Nurse Salary
$34.23 $71,205
Montana - Surgical Nurse Salary
$34.23 $71,205
Nevada - Surgical Nurse Salary
$34.23 $71,205
Idaho - Surgical Nurse Salary
$34.23 $71,205
Nebraska - Surgical Nurse Salary
$33.95 $70,616
Vermont - Surgical Nurse Salary
$33.93 $70,578
Rhode Island - Surgical Nurse Salary
$33.82 $70,343
California - Surgical Nurse Salary
$33.69 $70,083
Virginia - Surgical Nurse Salary
$33.50 $69,687
Kentucky - Surgical Nurse Salary
$32.77 $68,158
South Dakota - Surgical Nurse Salary
$32.75 $68,127
West Virginia - Surgical Nurse Salary
$32.70 $68,014
New Jersey - Surgical Nurse Salary
$32.68 $67,978
Pennsylvania - Surgical Nurse Salary
$32.47 $67,547
South Carolina - Surgical Nurse Salary
$32.33 $67,251
Minnesota - Surgical Nurse Salary
$32.29 $67,172
Arizona - Surgical Nurse Salary
$32.22 $67,027
Tennessee - Surgical Nurse Salary
$32.19 $66,954
Delaware - Surgical Nurse Salary
$32.18 $66,928
Colorado - Surgical Nurse Salary
$32.15 $66,867
Oregon - Surgical Nurse Salary
$32.14 $66,851
Ohio - Surgical Nurse Salary
$32.00 $66,558
Wisconsin - Surgical Nurse Salary
$31.89 $66,340
Utah - Surgical Nurse Salary
$31.74 $66,022
Indiana - Surgical Nurse Salary
$31.57 $65,674
Oklahoma - Surgical Nurse Salary
$31.54 $65,595
Kansas - Surgical Nurse Salary
$31.44 $65,402
Louisiana - Surgical Nurse Salary
$31.34 $65,197
Maine - Surgical Nurse Salary
$31.32 $65,138
Iowa - Surgical Nurse Salary
$30.99 $64,460
Georgia - Surgical Nurse Salary
$30.68 $63,806
Texas - Surgical Nurse Salary
$30.30 $63,025
New Mexico - Surgical Nurse Salary
$30.26 $62,951
Arkansas - Surgical Nurse Salary
$30.20 $62,816
Michigan - Surgical Nurse Salary
$30.07 $62,550
Illinois - Surgical Nurse Salary
$30.02 $62,447
Alabama - Surgical Nurse Salary
$30.02 $62,441
Mississippi - Surgical Nurse Salary
$29.65 $61,671
Missouri - Surgical Nurse Salary
$29.63 $61,631
Florida - Surgical Nurse Salary
$28.93 $60,179
North Carolina - Surgical Nurse Salary
$27.60 $57,401

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Chip’s Answer

And here are the state averages for NICU nurses (hourly and salary). Again, all this information is from Zip Recruiter, which has some excellent tools for finding salary averages and other very useful career tools. I'm a recruiter and I refer to Zip on a regular basis.

New York - NICU RN Salary
$53.93 $112,179
Massachusetts - NICU RN Salary
$53.41 $111,083
Washington - NICU RN Salary
$53.05 $110,345
New Hampshire - NICU RN Salary
$51.97 $108,096
Hawaii - NICU RN Salary
$51.35 $106,808
Maryland - NICU RN Salary
$49.51 $102,980
Connecticut - NICU RN Salary
$49.45 $102,864
North Dakota - NICU RN Salary
$49.15 $102,226
Alaska - NICU RN Salary
$49.15 $102,226
Wyoming - NICU RN Salary
$49.15 $102,226
Montana - NICU RN Salary
$49.15 $102,226
Nevada - NICU RN Salary
$49.15 $102,226
Idaho - NICU RN Salary
$49.15 $102,226
Nebraska - NICU RN Salary
$48.74 $101,381
Vermont - NICU RN Salary
$48.71 $101,325
Rhode Island - NICU RN Salary
$48.55 $100,989
California - NICU RN Salary
$48.37 $100,615
Virginia - NICU RN Salary
$48.10 $100,047
Kentucky - NICU RN Salary
$47.04 $97,852
South Dakota - NICU RN Salary
$47.02 $97,808
West Virginia - NICU RN Salary
$46.94 $97,645
New Jersey - NICU RN Salary
$46.92 $97,594
Pennsylvania - NICU RN Salary
$46.62 $96,974
South Carolina - NICU RN Salary
$46.42 $96,550
Minnesota - NICU RN Salary
$46.36 $96,437
Arizona - NICU RN Salary
$46.26 $96,227
Tennessee - NICU RN Salary
$46.21 $96,123
Delaware - NICU RN Salary
$46.20 $96,086
Colorado - NICU RN Salary
$46.15 $95,999
Oregon - NICU RN Salary
$46.14 $95,975
Ohio - NICU RN Salary
$45.94 $95,555
Wisconsin - NICU RN Salary
$45.79 $95,242
Utah - NICU RN Salary
$45.57 $94,786
Indiana - NICU RN Salary
$45.33 $94,286
Oklahoma - NICU RN Salary
$45.27 $94,172
Kansas - NICU RN Salary
$45.14 $93,895
Louisiana - NICU RN Salary
$45.00 $93,601
Maine - NICU RN Salary
$44.96 $93,516
Iowa - NICU RN Salary
$44.49 $92,543
Georgia - NICU RN Salary
$44.04 $91,604
Texas - NICU RN Salary
$43.50 $90,482
New Mexico - NICU RN Salary
$43.45 $90,376
Arkansas - NICU RN Salary
$43.36 $90,182
Michigan - NICU RN Salary
$43.17 $89,800
Illinois - NICU RN Salary
$43.10 $89,652
Alabama - NICU RN Salary
$43.10 $89,644
Mississippi - NICU RN Salary
$42.57 $88,538
Missouri - NICU RN Salary
$42.54 $88,482
Florida - NICU RN Salary
$41.54 $86,397
North Carolina - NICU RN Salary
$39.62 $82,409

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Cynthia’s Answer

a wide range of answers is the right answer. depends on multiple factors. what job. what hours. what employer. how much experience. is it a crowded job market in your area or are there more openings than applicants there? or the opposite? what is changing in the field. what are your duties? do you supervise any other staff? work nights? inner city? rural? public funded hospital or private hosptial? university related teaching hospital? lots of residents and fellows? none? are you getting a RN BSN MSN or PhD? once you know all of those factors and more you might be able to figure out a range....but never more narrow than a range. this is true for all jobs. not just nurses.

know those variables and what your choices will be and you will get a bit more details. assume you enter at the lowest salary. then be happy when it's paying more than that.


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Estee’s Answer

It really all depends on your geographic location and years of experience- that's why it varies. A nurse in NY will have a higher salary compared to the nurse from Texas due to several factors and it is mainly due to the cost of living. Of course, factor in the years of experience. A new graduate would have a starting salary versus someone with 30 years of experience. Factor in also the shift and days you would be working. Night shift and weekends have extra few more dollars compared to day shift and weekdays.

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Austin’s Answer

Really depends on education, years of experience and location. If you narrow down criteria with these you should be able to get a smaller range.

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