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Are Male Nurses Paid More?

Are Male Nurses Paid More?

What do you think? Is there a gender pay gap at your hospital?

Marijke Durning | Scrubs Magazine

There’s more to it

About 6 percent of nurses in the United States are men. However, men are represented in much higher numbers in nursing specialties that also pay higher salaries. For example, 49 percent of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in the U.S. are men. In 2005, the average salary for CRNAs was $160,000, significantly higher than the average floor nurses, who are mostly women. Of course, a master’s degree is required for a nursing specialization such as CRNA, which also increases the take-home salary.

Men seem to go for higher education in nursing than women do, increasing their take-home earnings. There are more men in RN programs than in LPN programs, and more men in BSN programs than in RN diploma or ADN programs.

Military nursing is also a popular option for men. More than 30 percent of nurses in the Army, Air Force and Navy are men. Military nurses not only earn competitive salaries, but also benefit from financial incentives, such as help repaying student loans, special payments, housing allowances and affordable insurance options.

Other variables

There’s no doubt that a large number of women are the sole or main supporters of their families. But men are still most often considered to be the major breadwinners and are thought to put this first, while women — although working full-time — may be primarily responsible for family and quality-of-life issues. This may result in more men working extra shifts or overtime. They may have the availability to do the extra work because their partners are the ones caring for the children after school or tending to other issues that arise on the home front.

And finally, there is another societal difference between men and women that may play a role in salary differences. Although women are becoming more assertive in the workplace, recruiters and people responsible for hiring staff report that men are more likely to try to negotiate better salaries or benefits. While this may not result in higher pay in unionized environments, it could make a difference in non-unionized positions, resulting in higher take-home pay.

So, are salaries higher for male nurses than for female nurses? It turns out that it all depends on how you look at it.


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  • Wacky_cat_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I wish I could thumbs-up a comment. Because I'd thumbs up dln!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    are yes rn or a reye s rn ... whatever clever thing it doesn't stand for ... proud of muscle that any male has. Professionally minded nurses ask for any help needed to provide the best care to a pt.
    Typically we ask a CNA to assist with positioning.
    Consider developing a brain. Nurses are paid for skill, not brawn.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Silly comment areyesrn and promotes gender stereotypes. That's like me saying all male nurses are lazy and leave work for female nurses to finish. I don't recall ever asking any of my male coworkers to help me lift something heavy

  • 9287990f-f85e-40d1-90f3-8a56962f4a0d_max50


    over 4 years ago


    well, if you don't want men to be paid more, stop asking men to assist with pulling the patients up and doing all the heavy lifting...

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