By Megan L. Siegel and Lisa A. StutzmanNurses who are employed by the government in the U.S. are among the highest paid employees, but they also face some of the highest-stakes health care challenges.
The average nursing salary is $63,734, according to data compiled by the National Center for Health Statistics.
That’s higher than the median pay of $58,000 for nurses who were in their 20s in 2013.
(For reference, the median salary for a full-time U.P. employee is $52,764.)
But the high pay isn’t limited to nurses.
Some of the top-earning nursing positions include chief resident, assistant chief resident and chief of neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), which cover the infant and toddler stages.
(Nurses are responsible for the physical, emotional and psychological care of babies and toddlers.)
The NICUs are a big draw for nurses and have become a major employer for some nurses, including those who are earning high salaries.
But they’re not the only high-paying positions available.
Some positions are more affordable, like nursing assistants.
In fact, nursing assistants make up only a small percentage of all nurses, but earn about 40 percent of their peers, according the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
There are some nurses who earn higher salaries than those in the NICUs, such as pediatric nurses, who make more than $90,000.
Others earn lower salaries, such care aides, who are paid between $40,000 and $60,000 per year.
Some nursing assistant jobs are more demanding, such working in an outpatient setting.
Nursing assistant jobs typically pay better than nursing assistant positions, according a recent study by the Nurses Association.
The study found that, in general, nursing assistant pay is higher than that of assistant and advanced nursing faculty, but nurses are more likely to be paid significantly higher than their peers.
Nurses can expect to make more if they work in a rural area, the report found.
Many of the most popular nursing assistant careers are located in rural areas, including health care, child care, social work, nursing home, hospice and personal care.
The National Nurses United union has been fighting for years to improve the pay of nursing assistants and has called on lawmakers to pay higher wages to nurses and their families.
Nurse assistants and their family members, who represent the majority of nurses in the workforce, have said they need a raise to make ends meet.
They argue that a pay increase would help their families pay bills.
But some health care organizations have said the pay issue is complicated.
For example, the American Medical Association recently said the nursing assistant salary should not be viewed as an employer’s liability because it is the pay the nurse receives as an employee, not the pay a nurse receives from the employer.
In response, the National Nursons Union has been lobbying lawmakers to pass legislation that would increase the federal minimum wage for nursing assistants to $15 an hour.
They are calling on lawmakers for a $15 minimum wage, which would be a $10 increase from the current federal minimum of $7.25.
The union says the minimum wage should be a wage that pays the nurse the minimum amount of money necessary to support the family and the health of their patients.
If lawmakers pass a bill, they would also have to consider how to increase pay for other types of employees, including school nurses and public safety workers.
The federal minimum would apply to both full- and part-time workers.
The National Nursers Union is pushing for an increase to $11 an hour for nursing aides, a hike that would be phased in.
If passed, the federal increase would cover more than half of all full-timers and about 1.4 million full-year workers.