A recent survey from a Census reports indicates that male nurses are earning more than female nurses. According to the Census, male nurses make up 10 percent of the nursing profession. The percentage is up from less than 3 percent in 1970.
With health-care jobs showing no signs of slowing and jobs in predominately male-dominated professions in a slump, it's not surprise that more men are looking to the nursing profession for a more stable and secure career. Employment in health-care is actually up by 1.4 million.
While nursing is still a female-dominated profession, earnings are another story. Male nurses typically earn 16 percent more than female nurses.
Looking at the economic figures as a whole, women earn about 77 cents to every dollar that a male earns according to the same Census report.
Men do tend to migrate to the higher paying specialties in the field of nursing, which could account for some of the difference in earnings. Nurse anesthetists are the highest paying specialty and 41 percent of these nurses are male. Compare this to the 8 percent of males in the lowest paying nursing role, licensed practical nurse.
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