ER Nurse Salary

Have you been thinking about becoming an ER nurse? If so, you should have an exciting career ahead of you. ER nurses constantly have new jobs to do because they always have new patients to take care of. Before you commit to this career completely, you may want to know about the money you can make within it. That way you can decide if this is in fact the job for you. Here are some ER nurse salary statistics that should help you determine if you want to work in this profession in the future.

ER Nurse Salary by Years of Experience

As you gain experience as an ER nurse, you will have the chance to make more money. Departments like to higher experienced nurses for their highest paying jobs because they know those workers are capable of the task at hand. Common pay rates by years of experience include:

  • Less than 1 year: $30,740 – $68,603 per year
  • 1-4 years: $36,351 – $72,749 per year
  • 5-9 years: $41,388 – $80,315 per year
  • 10-19 years: $46,297 – $93,899 per year
  • 20 years or more: $49,887 – $101,484 per year

ER Nurse Salary by Employer Type
Some employers pay more than others based on the amount of work they have available. If you are able to land a job with a good hospital, you could stand to make some serious cash as an ER nurse. Common pay rates by employer include:

  • Acute Care Hospital: $40,268 – $89,549 per year
  • Community Nursing: $20,134 – $83,971 per year
  • Emergency Medical Services: $43,338 – $91,130 per year
  • Healthcare: $40,298 – $82,638 per year
  • Hospital: $39,263 – $81,733 per year
  • Military or Armed Forces: $33,400 – $96,118 per year
  • Nurse Staffing: $18,857 – $96,958 per year

ER Nurse Salary by Location

Some areas of the country have higher paying jobs than others. That is because those areas of the country have steady economies and thriving medical facilities. Weigh out the cost of living for locations in comparison to the money you can make within them. Then you can find the perfect place for you to be. Common pay rates by location include:

  • California: $47,878 – $102,412 per year
  • Florida: $36,920 – $76,635 per year
  • Georgia: $39,668 – $72,352 per year
  • Illinois: $39,359 – $86,127 per year
  • New York: $39,962 – $98,441 per year
  • North Carolina: $35,883 – $71,482 per year
  • Texas: $39,424 – $87,462 per year

ER Nurse Salary by Certification

Any certifications you hold will also have an impact on the money you make as an ER nurse. Certain certifications inherently come with higher pay checks, and those are the ones you want to take tests for. Common pay rates by certification include:

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS): $40,828 – $87,052 per year
  • Basic Life Support (BLS): $41,459 – $87,866 per year
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR): $39,697 – $86,672 per year
  • Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN): $37,303 – $82,062 per year
  • Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN): $45,000 – $91,563 per year
  • Critical Care: $38,710 – $87,313 per year
  • Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC): $41,632 – $78,779 per year
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS): $43,458 – $90,000 per year
  • Registered Nurse (RN): $40,695 – $75,692 per year
  • Trauma Nursing Course Certified (TNCC): $42,302 – $91,747 per year

Note that the information above is courtesy of PayScale.com as of June 21, 2012. It may not reflect the information at the time you read this article.