What is the highest paid Nursing Specialty?

What is the highest paid Nursing Specialty?

Are you a nurse looking for a career change and pay raise? It might be time to consider other nursing specialties with higher earnings. Here at Lume every dollar counts and the more you make the faster you build wealth. We believe that a wealthy nurse is able to show up better in life and at work.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

The highest paying nurse specialty is a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA.) A CRNA is responsible for providing anesthesia in hospital operating rooms, freestanding surgical centers, and even clinics. Beginning in 2025, a doctorate degree will be required by the Council of Accreditation. Are you a critical care nurse? Most CRNA educational programs require one to two years of ICU experience before acceptance. Imagine the financial possibilities that come with that BIG CRNA salary! 

Nurse Practitioner 

The second highest-paying specialty is a nurse practitioner (NP). There are many subspecialties of nurse practitioners, including:

  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner- A nurse practitioner who specializes in neonatology. Most educational programs require a minimum of one year of experience as a NICU nurse. The typical work setting is hospital NICUs and the average salary is $110,249.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner - A nurse practitioner who sees a range of patients, from infants to seniors. Most work opportunities consist of family care, urgent care, or specialty clinics.
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner- Specializing in pediatric care, options include primary or acute PNP roles. 
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner(WHNP)- WHNP specializes in women's care at all ages. Usually working in clinic settings, they are involved in prenatal care and well women exams. 
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)- According to Zip Recruiter, the average salary of a PMHNP is $142,454. If you're ready to make the move from your current nursing role, becoming an NP is only a master's degree program away and many offer a flexible online format. With an NP salary, you can take extra vacations, pay down debt, or splurge on a gift for yourself.


Certified Nurse Midwife

The third highest-paid specialty is a certified nurse midwife. Are you an L&D nurse? Do you love what you do? Why not be compensated more for your knowledge and experience? A master’s degree is required to pursue this role. A certified nurse midwife encompasses all aspects of women's health, from labor and delivery to routine clinic women's care. With an average salary of $108,810, you can finally be financially rewarded for your passion.

Nurse Educator

Do you love teaching? Imagine earning a higher salary without the stress of bedside nursing. Becoming a nurse instructor also requires a master's level of education.. As a nurse educator, you are not limited to a school setting. Nurse educators find employment in laboratories, clinics, dialysis centers, and hospital settings. They are needed for all specialties including nephrology, pediatrics, and medical-surgical. Since this builds on your current knowledge, making this career transition won't be as difficult as you think.

Travel Nurse

Are you a travel nurse who is burned out from traveling and subpar assignments? Some of these specialties can provide the extra income you're after with a more stable work-life balance. Travel nurses benefit the most from using Lume, due to the on-demand pay feature and access to employer reviews. 


Compare all of these options to the average salary of an RN, which currently sits at $77,460. Think about the times when you wanted more money, but didn't want to sacrifice yourself by signing up for yet another stressful and understaffed shift. With Lume, you can receive your money right when you need it after your shift. Lume will also show you how to make more where you are, f you’re looking to travel or change specialty, pay information, and review data. Nurses are taking their power back and demanding what they deserve. So, what are you waiting for?

Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) $181,040
Nurse Practitioners (NP) $111,840
Nurse Midwife (CNM) $108,810
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary $83,160
Registered Nurse (RN) $77,460


Sunset Rodriguez, RN

Sunset Rodriguez, RN. Sunset has been a nurse for 5 years. She has worked in the areas of pediatrics to home health to case management.

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