Top 10 Countries with the Highest Paid Salaries for Nurses

Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers you can consider! Not only are you able to care for people who desperately need your help, but you can get paid a pretty sweet salary at the same time.
Registered nurses can earn a good salary in many countries around the world, but there are a few countries that pay nurses a lot more than the others.

If you’re wondering where you should be a nurse, here are the countries that will pay you the most:

10. Belgium

Belgium is a small country in Western Europe; it is known for its capital of Brussels which is the unofficial capital of the European Union. Although it ranks at the bottom of this list of nurse salaries, health care professionals in the heart of the EU still make a respectable amount of money. Starting salaries range around $27.000 and can reach $50.500.

9. New Zealand

New Zealand is located in the Pacific Ocean, is comprised of two islands and neighbours Australia. It has a high quality of life, and this is reflected in their average salary which floats around $35.000 per year for private sector employees. Nursing in New Zealand comes with a competitive starting salary of $32.000, with salaries reaching $47.000 with experience.

8. Chile

This South American country inhabits most of the continent’s eastern coast and is known for its relatively high quality of life compared to other South American countries. Nursing in Chile can be a very lucrative career with entry level nurses earning $28.000 and an average salary that reaches $47.000. Registered nurses with experience can make up to $62.000. These figures are even more impressive when you consider the average annual salary in capital Santiago is a mere $10.000 per annum.

7. United Kingdom

For nurses in the UK, life is good once you reach the higher levels. Nurses in entry-level positions start out earning around US $30,000 per year, but that can increase to as much as $43,000 per year once they obtain experience. To become a nurse in the UK, you must obtain a degree in pre-registration nursing, register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and complete an assessment.

6. Denmark

If you can brave the sub-zero temperatures and are interesting in a career in healthcare, then this might be a great choice. Not only are nurses in Denmark in high demand they are also well compensated. Salaries range between $38.000 and $50.000, although the cost of living is high due to their excellent social welfare system and 30% taxation.

5. Australia

The average entry-level nurse in Australia starts out earning just $28 per hour (or $40 Australian dollars). However, as their experience increases, their salary increases along with it. Salaries can be as high as $60,000 per year for nurses with more than ten years of experience working in the best hospitals. To work as a nurse in Australia, you must register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, meet the registration standards, and complete a skills assessment test.

4. Canada

Canada is well-known for its generous universal healthcare system; something that isn’t as well known is the fact that they compensate their nurses extremely well. Canadian nurses have some of the best salaries in the world, ranging between $48.000 and $55.000; they can earn an incredible $65.000 depending on experience and specialisation. You will also need to obtain a work visa if you are not a citizen.

3. Norway

Recently, knocking their Scandinavian neighbour Sweden out of the top 10 is the beautiful oil-rich land of the Fjords, Norway. It enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the world, and nursing is no exception. The average salary for a Registered Nurse in Norway is roughly $50,000 but can rise as high as $100,000 per year for the best-paid nurses with the most experience.

2. United States

In the US, a registered nurse’s salary is well above the average income. An RN will earn around $67,490 per year. The lowest nurses income is around the $45,000, while the top 10% of nurses pull in over $94,000 per year. Nurses in California received the best salary, particularly those in the San Francisco and San Jose area. The American Nurses Associationhas more information on how to become a licensed nursed in the US.

1. Luxembourg

Luxembourg is a tiny country in Western Europe, nestled between Belgium, Germany and France. Known primarily for being a tax haven, it is also one of the smallest sovereign nations on the continent. Fortunately both its economy and the salary it pays nursing professionals aren’t comparable to its size. Nurses salaries in Luxembourg in the first eight years of their career are roughly $60.000 and can get as high as $125.000 with enough experience. Sadly, the tiny size of the country also means getting a job there is extremely difficult

These are the countries where you want to work as a nurse, as you will be able to earn great wage doing a satisfying and honest job.

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Updated: December 15, 2017 — 2:52 pm

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  1. Oladejo Esther Enitan

    Thanks for this information……

  2. Hi am still a student nurse awaiting her result,how do I get employed into any of the countries stated above…..thanks in anticipation

  3. I’m interested in the United States nursing services..I’m a registered nurse, registered public health nurse and a BNSC holder..

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