Men Are Making Inroads Into the Nursing Profession and Tend to Earn More Than Women Nurses

The latest National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers data on the demographics of the nursing profession in 2018.

The data shows that there are an estimated 3,957,661 licensed registered nurses living in the United States. Roughly 83 percent held a nursing-related job. The average age of registered nurses was 47.9 years old, with nearly half of all RNs aged 50 or older.

Nursing remains a profession dominated by women but the percentage of men in nursing is growing. In 2018, male RNs represented 9.6 percent of the population, an increase from 7.1 percent in the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses conducted in 2008.

Nearly 68 percent of male nurses were employed at a hospital compared to 55.6 percent of women nurses. The median full-time earnings of male nurses was $79,928. For full-time women nurses, the median earnings were $71,960.

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