Thursday, March 13, 2014

Just How Much Do Rns Make In Alabama

Some Alabama registered nurses make more than $37 per hour.

Registered nurses evaluate each patient in their assigned area, create a care plan and provide skilled nursing care. They administer medications and treatments, update records on patient progress, and provide information and education to patients and their families. Most Alabama registered nurses earn at least $26 per hour, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Aspiring registered nurses must graduate from an accredited school of nursing in a program that typically leads to an associate or bachelor's degree in nursing. They also must pass a national exam to obtain a license to practice in the state where they wish to work. The average salary for registered nurses in Alabama as of May 2009 was $27.82 per hour, or $57,860 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median hourly pay rate in Alabama was $26.48. The median figure is that at which an equal number of all other pay rates are lower and an equal number are higher. The average nationwide wage for registered nurses was $31.99 per hour, or $66,530 per year.

Salary Range

In Alabama, the middle 50 percent of registered nurses on the earnings scale were making $22.25 to $31.23 per hour in 2009. The bottom 10 percent had pay rates of $19.22 and lower, and the top 10 percent were making at least $37.62 per hour. Nationwide, the middle 50-percent range for registered nurses was $25.25 to $37.49 per hour, with the bottom 10 percent at $21.14 and below and the top percent over $45 per hour.


Pay rates for registered nurses in Alabama vary by location. Those in the areas of Anniston-Oxford, Decatur, Dothan, Florence-Muscle Shoals, Gadsden and the northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area were earning about $25 to $26 per hour on average in 2009, says the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the areas of Auburn, Mobile, Tuscaloosa and all nonmetropolitan areas aside from the northeastern part of the state, registered nurses earn an average of $26 to $28 per hour. The average pay rate in Huntsville was $28.25 per hour, in the Columbus, Georgia, area stretching into Alabama $28.97, in Montgomery $29.28 and in Birmingham $29.32.


The job search website lists over 1,000 job openings for registered nurses throughout Alabama in February 2011. These nurses are needed to work in critical care, diabetes centers, emergency and trauma, general hospital floors, heart and lung transplant units, home health, hospice, labor and delivery, oncology, operating rooms, orthopedics, outpatient surgery, pediatrics, women's health and wound care. Although the job postings generally do not provide salary information, they indicate that registered nurses in Alabama receive substantial benefits packages. In addition to insurance coverage, paid time off and a retirement savings plan, some organizations provide tuition reimbursement for continuing education, student loan repayment, a wellness program, a chronic conditions management program, a quit-tobacco support program with counseling and free nicotine patches and gum, employee assistance programs, fitness center discounts, adoption assistance and gift shop discounts.

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