Nursing by the Numbers


The median salary for RNs in our survey


Percentage of respondents who reported salary increases during the pandemic


How much more male nurses make per year than female nurses, according to our survey


Percentage of travel nurses who started the role in 2020 or 2021

The Healthcare Workforce Experience Series

A Way Forward: Sustaining Your Career as a Nurse During a Crisis

This webinar discusses what nurses need to know about the current workforce climate and how they can prioritize their physical, mental, financial, and social health while staying focused on providing quality patient-centered care.

Panel Discussion: Addressing Retention Concerns for all Healthcare Professionals

During this session, panelists address ways nurses and employers can work together to reduce burnout and moral injury while improving safe practice, retention, and team satisfaction.

Use the Nurse Salary Report to Your Benefit

More than 2,500 nursing professionals across the country shared their experience related to nursing salaries, benefits, education, and more. Watch this video to learn how you can use the information in our latest report.

Nursing Salary Research Report Findings

Using the Report

Nursing is a unique profession that combines an inherent passion for serving others with extensive opportunities for personal and professional growth. But at the end of the day, you must ensure you’re getting the salary and benefits that match your talents and credentials. And one of the best strategies to help guarantee you’re always making the right career choices is staying abreast of current salary trends.

The in-depth research report gives you a look at wage patterns and the myriad factors affecting them. The salary and benefits survey was conducted between November 12 and December 12, 2021, and was completed by 2,516 nursing professionals nationwide, including RNs, APRNs, and LPN/LVNs from all 50 states.

Many factors such as budgetary constraints and the COVID-19 pandemic can influence nursing salaries. But the data we’ve gathered will still provide you with an abundance of information you need to get the salary you deserve.


The pandemic has had seismic effects on nursing — some that are only now beginning to come into focus. In response, many nurses across the U.S. have begun taking a hard look at where they stand in their careers and where they hope to go.

Whether you’re perfectly at home in your current role, ready for a change, or just curious about how others in your profession are faring, the information in our report offers a deep dive into salary insights and trends. There’s never been a better time to equip yourself with the information you need to decide whether to negotiate your salary, seek higher education to expand your options, or find a new position to increase your earning potential.

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A Note from Baylor University

At Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON), we integrate faith and learning to create an atmosphere that promotes academic excellence and nourishes our students` needs. Through our accredited baccalaureate and graduate-level nursing programs — and our holistic approach to higher learning — we prepare nursing students to lead and serve. We believe that nurses have been called to make a difference. LHSON graduates and nurses nationwide are assets to their employers and deserve fair compensation. We are proud to sponsor this report because it empowers and educates nurses to build successful careers and achieve personal fulfillment.

LHSON offers a Distance ABSN (Accelerated BSN with completion in under 1 year) and an Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program with tracks in Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwifery, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and Executive Nurse Leadership; as well as a traditional BSN and FastBacc® BSN on campus in Dallas, TX. Clinical placements are provided for clinical rotations.