5 Countries Where Nurses Are Awersome Paid

David Kipre


If there is one thing that the COVID epidemic has highlighted, it is the importance of nurses when faced with a health crisis. And currently the question of their level of remuneration is more than ever topical.

Indeed, the nursing profession is one of the most lucrative in the world and it is relatively easy to find a job in most countries. However, there are many rules and requirements in the country where you want to work.

Here are the five countries that offer the highest salaries for registered nurses.

1. United Kingdom

Under the National Health Service (NHS) salary framework, nurses are paid at step 5 or above depending on their experience and qualifications and therefore earn between 25,500 and 33,000 euros per year.

2. United States

In the United States, registered nurses typically have a Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNS) degree (4 years), an Associate Nursing Degree (AND) degree (3 years) or a diploma from a nationally approved nursing program (2 years).

For foreign nurses, you must have a Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) certificate or a full and unlimited license to practice nursing in the state of intended employment (NCLEX).

Having an employer willing to pursue your immigration process is critical to obtaining a visa and license; the process can take up to a year.

As of May 2015, the average annual salary for a registered nurse in the United States was approximately $67,490.

3. Norway

Average monthly earnings in healthcare companies are estimated to be about NOK 44,900 or Dh19,169 (based on various variables), or about Dh230,028 per year.

4. Canada

Internationally educated nurses (IENs) who wish to work in Canada must be licensed according to the processes followed by Canadian registered nurses.

Before doing so, you must pass the national nursing practice examination. See here for more information on how to pass the entrance exam, NCLEX-RN by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

You will also need to register with the board of nursing in the province where you plan to work. For more information on how to register with the board of nursing, see the College of Nurses of Ontario’s complete guide for IENs.

As of January 2017, the average annual salary for a registered nurse in Canada was C$59,783 or Dh163,010.

5. Australia

To practice as a registered nurse in Australia, you must complete two independent processes. One is to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and the other is to obtain a visa.

For nurses, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) conducts competency assessments for migration (visa process) while the NMBA assesses whether your credentials are equivalent to corresponding Australian credentials. Neither of these guarantees you employment in Australia. It is advisable to complete both processes and find a job before moving to Australia.

In 2017, the average annual salary earned by a registered nurse in Australia is A$61,000 or Dh169,003.

Disparities to be taken into account.According to the OECD, this ranking exposes other nuances in the use of data:

By location of practice:

In most countries, the OECD says, the statistics refer only to nurses working in hospitals; in Canada, however, these data also cover nurses working in other facilities, including private facilities (due to staffing shortages, Canadian nurses also work a lot of overtime).

By qualification:

The data refer only to “higher level” nurses in Canada, Ireland, the United States… where there are “nurse practitioners“, performing care at a level equivalent to that of general practitioners for patients with minor health problems and patients requiring routine follow-up. Therefore, taking only this sample leads to an overestimation of remuneration levels compared to countries where “intermediate level” nurses are also taken into account, the international organization acknowledges.

By length of working time:

The data only cover nurses working full-time, with the exception of Belgium, where the data provided also take into account part-time workers, resulting in an underestimate of Belgian nursing pay.

The same is true for countries such as Italy, where the national data retrieved by the OECD do not take into account income from overtime or bonuses.

Finally, no country provides data on informal payments, which, the organization notes, in some cases, can represent a significant share of total income.

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