The Highest Paid Types of Nurses

The highest paid types of nurses are those that specialize in a high-demand industry within health and medicine. These include neonatal nurses, elderly care, and others. There are many types of nurses and even more career fields for nurses with an RN certification or better. With over 2 million nurses in the nation, it’s easy to see why so many students are attracted to nursing schools.

According to Scrubs (an industry publication), there are ten types of high-paid nursing jobs in the U.S., but all of them require a significant amount of advanced training. We’ve highlighted them here, but for more information read: Top 10 highest paying nursing specialties

#10: Neonatal Nurse, Average Salary: $74,000

Neonatal nurses care for sick and/or premature newborn babies. They also provide consultation to the newborn’s family during what can be an emotionally…

#9: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Average Annual Salary: $75,000

Gerontological Nurse Practitioners (GNPs) hold advanced degrees specializing in geriatrics. They are able to diagnose and manage their patients’ often long-term and debilitating conditions and provide regular assessments to patients’ family members. Similar to all….

#8: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Average Salary: $76,000

Clinical Nurse Specialists develop uniform standards for quality care and work with staff nurses to ensure that those standards are being met. They are required to…


#7: Nurse Practitioner, Average Salary: $78,000

Nurse practitioners provide basic preventive health care to patients, and increasingly serve as primary and specialty care providers in mainly medically underserved areas. The ….

#6: Orthopedic Nurse,  Average Salary: $81,000

Orthopedic nurses provide care for patients suffering for musculoskeletal ailments, such as arthritis, joint replacement and diabetes. They are responsible for educating patients on these disorders and on available self-care….

#5: Pediatric Endocrinology Nurse, Average Salary: $81,000

Pediatric endocrinology nurses provide care to young children who are suffering from diseases and disorders of the endocrine system. This often involves educating…

#4: Certified Nurse Midwife, Average Salary $84,000

Nurse midwives provide primary care to women, including gynecological exams, family planning advice, prenatal care, assistance in labor and delivery, and neonatal…

#3: Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Average Salary: $95,000

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners are advanced practice nurses who provide care and consultation to patients suffering from psychiatric and mental health disorders….

#2: Nurse Researcher, Average Salary: $95,000

Nurse researchers work as analysts for private companies or health policy nonprofits. They publish research studies based on data collected on specific pharmaceutical/medical/nursing product and practices….

#1:  Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Average Salary: $135,000

A certified registered nurse anesthetist administers anesthesia to patients. They collaborate with surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists and podiatrists to safely administer anesthesia medications…

Read more: Top 10 highest paying nursing specialties

According to, nurse practitioners, midwifes, and head nurses are making the most money through their directories.

  • Head of Nursing – Typical Requirements: Master’s degree in area of specialty and at least 15 years of experience
  • Nurse Anesthetist – Typical Requirements: Master’s degree plus certification
  • Nursing Director – Typical Requirements: RN, advanced degree in nursing
  • Certified Nurse Midwife – Typical Requirements: RN program followed by midwifery program for either certification or a master’s degree
  • Nurse Practitioner – Typical Requirements: Master’s degree and certification as a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) in specialty area
  • Head Nurse – Typical Requirements: RN with at least five years of direct experience
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist – Typical Requirements: Master’s degree and at least five years of experience

Read more: Seven High-Paying Nursing Jobs