Salary for Acute Care Nurses

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The role of an acute care nurse is to administer emergency procedures, manage pain relief, deliver blood transfusions, order and interpret diagnostic tests and imaging, and set up, operate or monitor devices such as mechanical respirators. They generally work in emergency rooms, intensive care units, acute care units, and similar settings. These professionals may also be expected to spot potentially life-threatening conditions and to evaluate the severity of patient injuries or illness. An Associate's degree is the minimum education requirement for this position, although additional licensing and certification may be required.

An Acute Care Nurse can get an average salary of between 48000 and 72000 based on experience and talent. Acute Care Nurses can get a pay level of Sixty Seven Thousand Nine Hundred dollars annually.

Acute Care Nurses can get the highest pay in California, where they earn pay of near $85080. These employees have the most lucrative average salary level in Public Administration, where they get wages of $74590.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 25.20 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Acute Care Nurses tend to make the most in the following industries
Information $74,590
Public Administration $70,430
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $69,520
Wholesale Trade $69,370
Management of Companies and Enterprises $68,580
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $68,220
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $60,950
Educational Services $61,130
Manufacturing $61,500
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $61,780
Transportation and Warehousing $62,360
Accommodation and Food Services $64,220
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