Nurses’ 2016 Overtime Salaries


It’s well-known that nursing is not a 9-5 job. For more than 1/2 of the respondents to the ADVANCE for Nurses 2016 salary survey, it’s not a 40-hours-per-week job either.

In the 4th rollout of data, we look at how many hours per week, on average, nurses clocked in overtime, whether that overtime is voluntary or mandatory and the annual salary differences between those nurses who claim to work extra shifts and those that do not.

13.3% of nurses who answered our survey work in facilities where overtime is mandated. Whether it is by choice or circumstance, overtime is only slightly lucrative for nurses.

42% of those who reported regular overtime earned $80,000 or more in 2016. That is compared to the 39.6% who earned at least $80,000 without logging any extra shifts.

For a closer look at the value of working extra hours at the hospital, download part 4 of our exclusive nursing salary survey data.

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  1. Deb Rubenbauer on

    Did you ask about pay for overtime? In Iowa for state employees, RNs only get straight pay for working over 80 hours in a two week pay period. Per Fair Labor Standards Act – RNs are considered “professional” and do not need to be paid overtime pay. I would love to hear thoughts from others.

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