Best Time to Be a Nurse in the US? Salary is Now More Than 2x the Global Average

If you’re a nurse trying to find a job, then it is a good idea to seek one in the US.

According to the Global Salary Comparison by CapRelo, a firm that specializes in global relocation, the global average annual salary for nurses is at $26,698 but the US pays as high as $63,000 for its nurses!

The average annual salary for nurses in the US is nearly twice that offered in the UK whose average is pegged at $32,951 while Australia pays its nurses an average of $47,229 per year.

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Meanwhile, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) is the top nursing specialty as it pays an average of $140,934 each year.

Based on the pay scale alone, experts believe this is the best time to work as nurse in the US.

The demand in health workers continue to rise, especially with the rise of chronic conditions that require preventative care as well as hospitalizations. Studies have also projected a rise of 15% in the employment of registered nurses from 2016 to 2026.

According to Yahoo! News, HR consulting firm Mercer projects that by 2025 the US would need to hire 2.3 million new health care workers – and the majority of these workers would be nurses.

If you look at the employment projections, health care occupations in general are going to be high in demand over the next decade. Nurses do appear to be really satisfied with their jobs — more than one might expect,” Indeed’s Hiring Lab research director Martha Gimbel said.

It is also interesting to note that in the field often associated with women, more men are entering the nursing profession. Experts believe this is due to automation in jobs at male-dominated industries such as engineering, construction, and retail.

With the rise in the demand for nurses, pursuing a nursing degree remains a great option for students, male and female alike.