If you’re an aspiring nurse, you already know that nursing credentials and skills offer you a career path with staying power. Registered nurses are in demand, earning a median annual wage of $71,730 as of May 2018 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)— and job projections are extremely strong.
To really thrive, however, many RNs earn additional certifications, go for an advanced degree, and specialize in one particular area of nursing. This increases their earning potential by helping them qualify for positions at more prestigious hospitals, especially academic teaching hospitals. Some advanced practice RNs can even open their own clinics depending on state legislation.
To help you decide which career direction is right for you, take a look at some of the highest paying specialties for RNs, what you can earn in each of them, and how to get started as an advanced practice nurse. Keep in mind that salaries do vary greatly based on location and employer, so the earnings listed below are just a baseline to help with your research. For full info and those earnings, see https://nurse.org/articles/15-highest-paying-nursing-careers/