Print

Resources >> Browse Articles >> Salary Guides

+5

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.

Sources:

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/worklife/05/10/cb.25best.paying.jobs.4women/?hpt=Sbin

http://www.bls.gov/opub/ils/pdf/opbils55.pdf

http://www.aana.com/BecomingCRNA.aspx?id=110&terms=average+salary

http://www.malenursemagazine.com

More on ScrubsMag.com:

In Nurse Salaries: Geography And Nursing Salaries: Should You Move?
In Nurse Salaries: Want to Know Other Nurse’s Salaries?
In Nurse Salaries: Top 10 Highest Paying Nurse Specialties



Related Reads:


+5
  • Photo_user_blank_big

    Winnie05

    about 2 years ago

    12 comments

    You will find basically many several solutions available for you personally to select from and you'll be pleased to determine that every a single will have their very own appear and style. The good factor about Monster Energy Hats are the fact that they may be adjustable and this can be hat sets them apart from fitted hats. The majority of consumers will admit that fitted hats had been the most significant trend to get a whilst but this has undoubtedly changed. Snapbacks permit you to transform the size with the hat as well as share your Cheap NHL Snapback Hats with buddies. Snapbacks are certainly right here to keep and you'll have the ability to see just just how much this can adjust the general hunt for some guys.

    It really is all neatly packed Gucci Bag Discount inside the Brella Bag as spring is upon us, golfers and golf aficionados are geared for summer time complete of Sun, Golf and Enjoyable. Ubiquitous on the golf course will be the gucci outlet significant Golf Umbrella with bright colours and promotions.Golf isn't a summer time activity alone. You'll be able to obtain golf becoming played nearly year about. It can be not at all times beneath the bright Sun either. A lot more frequently than not you might see Gucci Fabric Bags golfers placing away in drizzle and rain.Within the Sun or in rain you see golfers and golf enthusiasts making use of a range of umbrellas to defend them from Sun or the rain. You see the golf fans struggling and juggling with other bags, cameras, binoculars plus the other items they carry. Golfers may possibly use Caddies to guard them gucci bags with umbrellas though carrying and jostling with other tools.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    lkpinkard

    about 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Very good article, however, in my mind and from your article it still appears that men start off their nursing careers financially and clinically far above the average female nurse..

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    cmtorres

    about 3 years ago

    6 comments

    Good article. The article attempts to explain why there are differences. My wife and I are both RNs with an equal amount of experience. If we were applying for or working the same job, I would expect her pay to be equal to mine. If you were to examine what we've each earned over our 30+ year careers, my pay would definitely come out ahead. The difference would not be surprising or unexpected. I have worked uninterrupted for the last 32 years. While we were raising our family, my wife chose to work part-time so we could raise our children and decrease the amount of time they spent in day care. She also had time during maternity leave that she did not receive pay.
    So, I appreciate that the article made an effort to clarify the reasons for the difference.
    I am disppointed by some of the unsubstantiated generalizations about the work ethic of male nurses. It appears there are some people whose experiences have soured them but it does no good to lump a group of people into the same category.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    byndom40

    about 3 years ago

    4 comments

    Most of the comments on this page is very disturbing. I am a male nurse with over 25 years of experience in various areas through out the hospital. I have worked hard and have been devoted to the art of nursing. I still have the same passion and ethnical belief as I did 25 years ago. I have found so many bias for male nurses in the acute care setting. Many male nurse's leave the bedside due to these type of remarks and belief from our professional counterparts. I find the many male nurse's usually work ICU, ER, OR, or they take on leadership roles in the healthcare setting.

    The scene of the healthcare setting has changed from 2 decades ago. The faces of nursing will continue to change, along with demands for more skilled and educated professionals on the healthcare team. Every nurse needs to belong to a professional organization that respect your views and able to translate them properly back into the community. This type of behavior and por preception of your professional parts is hateful, disrespectful and demeaning to the profesion of nursing. Any house that is divided with evenually crumble. All nurse's, need to set a positive preception of the professional and understand that we are viewed as one. Nurse's have many negative images in the commniunty from TVshow to Crazy Costumes. We need to unite on protecting our profession, demanding higher levels of respect, that will bring on higher wages and better benefits. Try to embrace and communicate with your male counterpart, this probably would have positive outcomes for all nurses and patients.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    ozzy7777

    over 3 years ago

    6 comments

    I agre to disagree on pay.Employers across the states pay cna very low in wages,regardless of time on the job.If you have 4 yrs experience as a male/female care nurse were treated the same in wages low pay then graduale pay increments.This is the reason why going back to school is so important .As far as lpn's and Rn's wages I would't know their pay.Nothing in the healthcare industie surpises me anymor just lack of funding for education.example VA cnajob 13.65 an hr 4yrs experience?PA same job last year pay 7.25 hr.These are facts I experienced them .Male cna

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    genefran

    about 4 years ago

    10 comments

    I am a male nurse but agree with the nurse MorgyD. I know and have seen many lazy male nurses. Quick to point of an article they read or some new Bull coming down the ladder. But rarely move to turn their patient's during a shift. Charge nurses who were at the bedside and most likely promoted for their smooth talk. Not their nursing. Reading books and being critical of others is not needed in this profession and I find it similar to some things i dislike about the female nurses. We do the same job and regardless of all that noise (article), we should be all paid and respected equally.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    bobfnp

    about 4 years ago

    14 comments

    Lot of anger there?...perhaps it's the culture of your workplace, or lack of screening People who are jerks....when someone generalizes like you we all lose.....and your bias shows. This is a profession, not a girls club! In the ED no one loafs period, and the ones who are marginal are never the ones you describe in my 20 yrs.....i will not sink to your wah wha comments, they speak for themselves.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    MorgyD

    about 4 years ago

    6 comments

    Male nurses should not make more for doing the same job! I know the females on here are being very PC but male nurses can be very LAZY, I know that is a stereotype but I don't care it happens far to often, and trust me guys MANY female nurses talk about it behind your backs that we hate working with you, I have worked with male nurses in the past that are disrespectful to women sitting around making sexual comments and jokes in the presence of women, talking about their patients breast size, my floor only has one male and I am really glad, he flirts with all us females (well not me anymore I put a stop to that) it gets very irritating. Men should not get paid more for doing the same job and I also agree with MiMiRN that I never have to ask a male for help either, and I am small in size, usually myself and another female can handle it. to the guy who made the comment, If women are using you for your "imaginary" muscles perhaps you can just refuse to help since it bothers you so much that you feel you should get paid more, I am sure you are not all that and you are probably not all that needed anyway.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    dln

    about 4 years ago

    4 comments

    Get paid for hot air?

  • Untitled1_max50

    bwweeks5270

    about 4 years ago

    42 comments

    CVSHAW9 raises some interesting points about the psychosocial aspects of men working in a female-dominant profession and broader effects in the "macro" sphere of employment and resources. Preferential treatment (q.v. discrimination) is inherently unfair, and as such, evil. Nursing does so much toward the good: healing the sick, helping lift up the fallen, advocating for the fearfully silent and misinformed, providing knowledge to dispel confusion and ignorance, calming the panicked, improving quality of life and promoting independence. Examine your motives and you will find your ethics. Do the right thing every time (especially when no one is looking) and the reward is self-respect. Work for good and destroy all that is evil.

  • C

    cvshaw9

    about 4 years ago

    36 comments

    In the national work force, in general, women actually MAKE MORE money per hour than men, on average i,f the compensation for total average hours worked is taken into consideration. Men, especially Caucasian men, have, in effect, no efficacious legal protection against discrimination in employment and education in nursing and/or any other profession in the USA while women, by law, receive preferential treatment in the same. The same, of course, results in both overt and covert discrimination against men in nursing education and employment and in other forms of employment. This causes great inequities, inefficiencies, and a waste of intellectual resources which reduces the wealth of the nation as a whole and the real income of the average American all of which adversely affect all Americans regardless of gender and/or race.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    jeffrn

    about 4 years ago

    18 comments

    It would seem to be an oxymoron to pay a male nurse more if most of the hiring is done by females. I have had several jobs and not once was I hired by a male with a secret handshake to pay me more than my counterparts. I simply list my areas of specialty like everyone else on my resume. I have noticed that females tend to stay longer than males at any one job , were as the males stay at most for two years before moving on to other things. I wonder if a greated range of experiences would tend to favor any nurse in an increse in salary and not just because were male and just for the record I do believe my female counterparts excessively ask me to boost patients.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    kathysmith

    about 4 years ago

    0 comments

    My problem with this article is it seems they didn't really compare apples for apples. I would like to see a true comparison of male and female nurses with the same education and in the same area of nursing. If you add specialties in the mix of course the numbers will be skewed. I believe this is one profession that there should be equal pay regardless and if you've furthered you education that new position should have the same equal pay. (Of course within the same hospital)

  • Editornurse_max50

    editor

    about 4 years ago

    122 comments

    well said bwweeks5270!

  • Untitled1_max50

    bwweeks5270

    about 4 years ago

    42 comments

    As for gender difference relating to size and strength, you simply use the talents you have. Many nurses in the Bay Area (CA) are Asian women who are small of stature and not very physically powerful. Being a man who is 6'3" and 250 lbs. will always make some tasks very easy for me. Someone who masses 40% of me just can't do some of these things. In return for moving patients, the (smaller) team members can do other things to balance the workload and foster a sense of cooperation. On units where I have worked, I am always bigger than the lift team people, but that is not my job, I am an RN!

    Go with your strengths and work on improving your weaknesses.

NursingLink School Finder

Save time in your search for a nursing or healthcare degree program. Use NursingLink's School Finder to locate schools online and in your area.

Get Info

* In the event that we cannot find a program from one of our partner schools that matches your specific area of interest, we may show schools with similar or unrelated programs.