Pay Rates For Nursing Home RNs Increased More Than 3% Last Year, Report Finds

July 28, 2017, Emily Mongan, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - Registered nurses working in skilled nursing facilities now make an average of $27.52 per hour, up 3.33% from last year, new survey results show.  Those findings come from the Nursing Home Salary & Benefits Report 2017-2018, the largest salary survey of its kind, which was released this week by the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service.

The report was published in cooperation with LeadingAge and support from the American Health Care Association.  Nursing homes that reported data in both 2016 and 2017 said registered staff nurses' hourly pay rates increased $.89 per hour over the past year.

Rates for charge staff nurses who are RNs went up 3% to $28.98 per hour.  The rates for those charge staff nurses with licensed practical nurse certifications rose to $22.25.

LPNs working in nursing homes scored an average 2.65% pay rate increase over the past year, reaching $21.26 from last year's average of $20.71.

The hourly pay rates for certified nursing aides rose less than 1.5% to an average of $12.62.  Non-certified nurse aides, on the other hand, experienced the largest reported increase among hourly workers at 3.5%, for an average rate of $10.90.

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