Pediatric Nurse Salary

What is a pediatric nurse?

A pediatric nurse is a registered nurse who specializes in the care of children and teens. Pediatric nurses may work in a variety of environments, including doctor's offices, hospitals, regional clinics and primary or secondary school campuses. They may choose to work in routine settings, performing developmental evaluations and delivering immunizations, or in acute care settings, such as emergency rooms or operating rooms, where they may be called upon to interpret the results of diagnostic tests or provide direct assistance to doctors.

What is a pediatric nurse's salary?

In 2012, the average yearly pediatric nurse salary was well above the national average across all occupations, with some geographical areas offering higher median wages than others. The pediatric nurse salary range is quite large between the bottom 10 percent and the top 10 percent and can be affected by factors such as job experience, occupational setting and regional demand for pediatric care.

Job TitleBottom 10% Annual WageAnnual Median WageTop 10% Annual Wage
Nurse Midwives-U.S.$66,500$100,590$143,650
Nurse Practitioners-U.S.$74,840$103,880$145,630
Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Is it difficult to find a job as a pediatric nurse?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects that job opportunities for the various specializations of registered nursing to rise faster than the average for all occupations between 2012 and 2022. Numerous reasons exist for this relatively rapid growth, including an aging U.S. population, an increasing reliance on long-term nursing care facilities and expansions of medical insurance coverage that provide a larger percentage of Americans with access to a range of health care services.

Job TitleProjected Job Growth Rate
Nurse Midwives-U.S.20.6%
Nurse Practitioners-U.S.36%
Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Is there room for advancement as a pediatric nurse?

Pediatric nurses can move on to positions of increased responsibility as they gain experience and prove their skills through strong job performance. Some pediatric nurses choose to continue their nursing education to the graduate level and train for careers in advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) fields such as nurse anesthetist or nurse midwife.

Management is also an option for pediatric nurses looking to advance their careers. Some workplace environments may provide on-the-job paths to nursing management, while some prefer management candidates who have earned a graduate degree in nursing or health care administration.

Do pediatric nurses need to be licensed or certified?

All U.S. states and territories as well as the District of Columbia require pediatric nurses to be licensed. Each region is served by its own state board of nursing, which sets the list of requirements that pediatric nurses must meet in order to qualify for the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX-RN.

Further voluntary certification in pediatrics may also be obtained. Special pediatric certification can demonstrate dedication to an elevated standard of care and can be required by individual employers for certain positions.

Registered Nurses, Occupational Employment and Wages, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

Registered Nurses, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012,

National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

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