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2010 Registered Nurse Salary Projections

2010 Registered Nurse Salary Projections


As health care continues to be a national focus and demand for health care workers skyrockets, registered nurses can expect to see their salaries, and other benefits, grow in 2010. More and more employers are offering sweet incentives such as sign-on bonuses, tuition reimbursement, and more flexible hours in order to entice nurses to work in their facilities. However, hiring trends will likely be slow in the initial months of 2010 until a health care bill is fully implemented; after that, hiring for nursing jobs is expected to pick up in a big way to meet ever-growing need.

Overall job opportunities are expected to be excellent for registered nurses. Employers in some parts of the country and in certain employment settings report difficulty in attracting and retaining an adequate number of RNs, primarily because of an aging RN workforce and a lack of younger workers to fill positions.

Median 2009 Salary

Projected 2010 Median Salary
With 4% Increase: $66,044
With a 3.8% Increase: $65,917
With a 2.7% Increase: $65,218
Projected Need, 2008 – 2018: 581,500

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