Hospice Nurse Salary

Are you planning to become a hospice nurse in the near future? If so, you have a stressful but rewarding career ahead of you. Some people do not work well in hospice care because they cannot handle the thought of working with dying patients. Other people love this sector of the medical field because they get to make a person’s last days as special as they can be. If you have been debating between these two ideas, you may want to think about the pay you could earn in this profession. It could act as a “tiebreaker” of sorts, helping you pick a path in life. Here is a look at the hospice nurse salary you may expect in this profession.

Hospice Nurse Salary by Position

There are many nursing careers within the field of hospice care, so you need to first think about which one you want to hold. Your position is going to be the key to your earnings as a hospice nurse. Possible salaries by position include:

  • Certified Nurse Assistant: $25,057 per year
  • Clinical Nurse Manager: $66,598 per year
  • Licensed Practical Nurse: $38,021 per year
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse: $43,565 per year
  • Nurse Case Manager: $61,579 per year
  • Registered Nurse: $55,258 per year

Hospice Nurse Salary by Years of Experience

Your experience in hospice care is also going to be important in determining your pay. The more experience you have, the more money you have a chance to make. Possible salaries by years of experience include:

  • Less than 1 year of experience: $37,937 per year
  • 1-4 years of experience: $45,083 per year
  • 5-9 years of experience: $50,076 per year
  • 10-19 years of experience: $54,186 per year
  • 20 years of experience or more: $57,269 per year

Hospice Nurse Salary by Industry

Some industries have a greater need for hospice nurses than others. Those that have a high demand will often pay more money to employ people just like you. Possible salaries by industry include:

  • Health Care Services: $42,184 per year
  • Healthcare: $51,294 per year
  • Home Health Care: $52,605 per year
  • Hospice Care: $55,776 per year
  • Hospital: $49,957 per year
  • Nursing Home: $35,431 per year

Hospice Nurse Salary by Degree

Just about any nursing degree program can lead you to a job as a hospice nurse, so you may want to think about which one is going to bring about the best pay rates for you. You may only need a few extra months of training to see a huge boost in your pay. Possible salaries by degree include:

  • Associate Degree in Nursing: $57,000 per year
  • Associate of Applied Science as a Licensed Practical Nurse: $31,850 per year
  • Associate of Applied Science as a Registered Nurse: $54,000 per year
  • Associate of Arts in Nursing: $51,665 per year
  • Associate of Science in Nursing: $58,958 per year
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: $56,000 per year
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration: $57,171 per year
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: $56,460 per year
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing as a Registered Nurse: $73,000 per year
  • Bachelor of Social Work: $39,996 per year
  • Diploma in Nursing: $52,381 per year
  • Graduate Diploma in Nursing: $59,000 per year
  • Master of Science in Nursing: $65,794 per year
  • Master of Social Work: $50,980 per year
  • Technical Certificate in Nursing: $40,000 per year

Hospice Nurse Salary by Employer Type

If you do not already have an employer in mind, think about the chart below before you select one. You might be surprised by just how much your pay could change under different employers. Possible salaries by employer include:

  • College or University: $46,000 per year
  • Company: $51,118 per year
  • Contract: $37,200 per year
  • Federal Government: $52,848 per year
  • Fellowship: $39,300 per year
  • Foundation or Trust: $51,097 per year
  • Franchise: $52,294 per year
  • Hospital: $48,970 per year
  • Non-Profit Organization: $53,775 per year
  • Private Practice or Firm: $44,453 per year
  • School District: $27,311 per year
  • Self-Employed: $36,426 per year
  • State & Local Government: $42,057 per year
  • Team: $61,878 per year

Hospice Nurse Salary by Company Size

More people assume that large companies are going to pay large salaries, but that is not always the case. In some instances, you may actually make more money working for a smaller company. Possible salaries by company size include:

  • 1-9 staff members: $35,562 per year
  • 10-49 staff members: $47,749 per year
  • 50-199 staff members: $50,889 per year
  • 200-599 staff members: $53,470 per year
  • 600-1999 staff members: $57,869 per year
  • 2000-4999 staff members: $58,176 per year
  • 5000-19999 staff members: $63,724 per year
  • 20000-49999 staff members: $57,704 per year
  • 50000+ staff members: $60,000 per year

Hospice Nurse Salary by Location

As the economy changes throughout the country, so does the amount of money that hospice nurses make. Before you fully assess your earning potential as a hospice nurse, you need to think about where you live. Possible salaries by location include:

  • California: $51,800 per year
  • Florida: $50,312 per year
  • Georgia: $46,890 per year
  • Illinois: $50,684 per year
  • New York: $49,628 per year
  • Pennsylvania: $47,711 per year
  • Texas: $49,478 per year

Hospice Nurse Salary by Certification

Any certification that you have will make a positive influence on your earnings. Check out the stats below to figure out which certifications may provide the best paying positions in the future. Possible salaries by certification include:

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support: $57,761 per year
  • Basic Life Support: $39,381 per year
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: $55,112 per year
  • Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse: $62,747 per year
  • Certified Nursing Assistant: $24,712 per year
  • Critical Care: $52,344 per year
  • Licensed Practical Nurse: $38,707 per year
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse: $41,120 per year
  • Oncology Certified Nurse: $84,932 per year
  • Registered Nurse: $59,727 per year

Note that the information above is courtesy of PayScale.com as of May 23, 2012. It may not reflect the information at the time you read this article.