What Is the Salary of a Gerontology Nurse?

A gerontology nurse is a registered nurse (RN) who cares for the elderly. Wages for these professionals depend on your employer, years of experience and geographical location. Read on to find out more about how much you can make as a gerontology nurse. Schools offering Adult Health Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Salary Overview

Salaries for RNs specializing in geriatrics ranged from $42,225-$74,475 in September 2015, according to PayScale.com. The median income at that time was $58,201. On the other hand, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported a median salary of $66,640 for RNs as a whole (www.bls.gov). Your salary can be impacted by your employer, experience and geographical location.

Important Facts About Gerontology Nurses

Required Education Associate's or bachelor's degree
Licensure A nursing license is required in all states and territories. Some employers may require further specialized certification.
Work Environment Gerontology nurses may work in nursing homes, hospitals, senior community centers or in health care facilities for the elderly. They may also care for elderly patients in private homes.
Job Outlook (2012-2022) 19% (for Registered Nurses)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Employer Type

RNs who worked in hospitals earned higher salaries than those who worked for home health care services and nursing care facilities in May 2014, according to the BLS. Average salaries for RNs working in selected industries include:

  • General hospitals - $71,640
  • Specialty hospitals - $74,590
  • Home health care - $67,880
  • Physicians' offices - $63,800
  • Outpatient care centers - $72,390
  • Nursing care facilities - $62,440
  • Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals - $66,830

Years of Experience

PayScale.com reported that experienced RNs specializing in geriatrics earned a median wage of $60,993 in September 2015. The same source reported that entry-level RNs in general made a median wage of $51,183, while those at the mid-career level earned a median wage of $59,800. Late-career RNs received a median wage of $65,553.

Location

According to May 2014 data by the BLS, the most RNs as a whole worked in the states of California, Texas and New York, with average salaries being $98,400, $68,590 and $77,110, respectively. Average wages were highest in California, though they were also high in Hawaii ($88,230) Massachusetts ($85,770), Alaska ($85,740) and Oregon ($82,940). South Dakota and West Virginia had high RN job concentrations and offered respective average salaries of $53,970 and $56,390. However, South Dakota was also one of the lowest-paying states, along with Iowa ($54,020), Alabama ($56,470) and West Virginia ($56,390).

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