Highest Paying Countries For Nurses In The World

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Highest Paying Countries For Nurses In The World


Have you ever thought about the country that pays nurses the most in the world? If you are a nurse or an aspiring nurse, you should know about this.

This is because practising your profession is not restricted to a particular country.

Nursing is a very wonderful profession, but not all countries pay nurses awesomely. Some countries just pay nurses salaries to live above ends meet especially those in Africa.

And using Nigeria as a case study, a nurse in Nigeria is paid an average salary of 3000-6000USD annually. You can read more about the salaries of nurses in Nigeria.

This may look good to some persons but it isn’t good compared to other countries. Even a professor in Nigeria is paid an average of 12000-15000USD annually. You can also check this article, the salaries of lecturers and professors in Nigeria.

If you go through the salaries being paid to professors in Nigeria, you will have a second thought built up in you.

And the most ridiculous of them all is the average salaries of politicians in Nigeria. Especially salaries of senators in Nigeria.

Senators are are paid well in Nigeria as compared to other countries out there.

Anyway, having said all above, let me list the countries that pay nurses the most in the world:

List Of Countries That Pays Nurses The Most


The list below is not arranged from highest to lowest as you might expect.

Kindly go through the list and if you have any suggestion, you can list it below too.



Average salary – $91,000

The average salary for a registered nurse is $91,000 annually which is basically ($44.31 per hour) and the average bonus is usually at $1,500. The working week is legally limited to 40 hours with the payment of premiums for all overtime or work at unusual hours.



Average Salary – $73,500

The average United States registered nurse earns an average annual salary of $73,500 which would break down to an average rate of $35.36 per hour, $1,400 a week and $6,100 a month. This is much higher than the national average salary of $24.34 an hour. When you break down the wages by state, California ranks as the highest paying state for a Registered Nurse with an average annual salary of $102,700.

Other states which pay highly include Hawaii, Washington DC and Massachusetts. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico at $34,000 annually while the lowest paying state in mainland USA is South Dakota at $57,000.

The United States has over 3 million Registered Nurses and they work in a variety of industries outside hospitals. Nurses working under the Federal Government are the highest paid with an average annual salary of $87,000.

Other industries they can work in include general medical and surgical hospitals, outpatient care centres, colleges & universities, insurance carriers, educational services and psychiatric & substance abuse hospitals.



Average salary – $72,000

A registered nurse in Switzerland with many years of experience makes an average of 6,000CHF ($6,000) a month. Most usually get paid around 5,000CHF when starting out in their career. A requirement for all applicants is that they must fluently speak one of the national languages (Italian, French or German).



Average Salary – $70,000

The average salary of a registered nurse in Virgin Island ranges from $63,000 – $80,000 a year. Virgin Islands Board of Nurse Licensure oversees all applicants.



Average Salary – $60,000

Some of the job titles recognized by the country include registered nurse, registered psychiatric nurse, community health nurse and occupational health nurse. The average salary for a registered nurse in Canada is $60,000 a year ($30.3 an hour).

However, new graduates are paid $44,000 a year ($23 an hour) which would be increased to $30.3 an hour over a period of a number of years.

Overtime pay is typically one and a half times the hourly rate.

If you end up working in a remote region such as Nunavut, your salary will be higher than average ranging between $61,500 – $92,000 a year.

You also get a northern allowance of up to $26,000, a special allowance of $14,800 and monthly retention bonuses.



Average salary – $56,000

A Registered Nurse In Australia earns an average of $56,000 . Ones salary is influenced by factors such as location, experience, qualification, specialization, employer, unions etc.

Nurses that work and live outside the major Australian metropolitan area tend to have a higher salary than those who provide services in the more populated communities.

Once you start working as a registered nurse, your pay will grow by an average rate of 5% every year until you get 8 years of experience.

At this point, your pay will flatten out. The only way to grow your income further is to get a more senior role or a much-specialized position.

Some of the highly paid jobs in the nursing field include certified registered nurse anaesthetist, nurse researcher, mental health nurse practitioner and certified nurse-midwife.



Average salary – $51,000

Norwegian healthcare is administered by 4 regional authorities which cover the south east, west, central and northern regions. All healthcare practitioners should have formal authorization from the Directorate for Health and Social Affairs.

According to the Norwegian Nurses Association, the starting salary for an authorized nurse working in Oslo is 390,000kr ($45,629). This rises to 406,000kr ($47,500) after 5 years and finally 433,500kr ($51,000) after 10 years. A job in any Norwegian healthcare environment will require fluency in Norwegian.



Average salary – $48,000

According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, the average salary of a staff nurse is a €42,000 ($48,000) after achieving a number of years of experience. Permanent nursing employment contracts can offer an average of 39 hours per week. One of the nursing supports offered to nurses include sponsorship of post graduate formal academic courses which will help in career progression



Average salary- $42,000

Nurses educated outside Denmark must hold Danish authorisation to be able to use the title nurse in Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.



Average salary – $38,600

Trainee nurses get paid between 1,040 and 1,200 euros a month while the starting salary of a fully qualified healthcare nurse is around 2,500 euros per month.

Nursing Profession That Pays Highest in The World

From what the list published above, you already know the average salaries of nurses in a few country compares to yours.

But what I did not indicate is the types of nursing profession.

How much you are paid in a nursing job depends on your degree and (or)  specialty.

The highest paying nursing jobs are:

  1. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist – $167,950
  2. General Nurse Practitioner – $107,030
  3. Clinical Nurse Specialist – $106,028
  4. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner – $105,658
  5. Certified Nurse Midwife – $103,770
  6. Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse – $102,487
  7. Pain Management Nurse – $101,916
  8. Nursing Administrator – $99,730
  9. Family Nurse Practitioner – $98,408
  10. Registered Nurse First Assist – $96,418
  11. Gerontological Nurse Practitioner – $89,637
  12. Nurse Educator – $81,350
  13. Informatics Nurse – $79,014
  14. Critical Care Nurse – $74,588
  15. Health Policy Nurse – $71,703

However, in Nigeria the pays are more than 90% off.

Nonetheless, nursing is a great career full of prospects.

So if you want to become a nurse in Nigeria you should know what to expect.

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  1. Sommy says:

    Thanks , this was very insightful

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