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The Average Salary of a Pediatric Office Nurse

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The salary of a pediatric office nurse varies greatly, depending on a variety of factors, including years of experience, job title, degree and certifications held. But according to a December 2010 Payscale survey, pediatric nurses in general earn from $40,706 to $63,763 per year.

Types of Pediatric Nurses

Pediatric nursing is a special certification in addition to your regular nursing degree. Generally, the more education required for your degree the higher your pay scale. A licensed practical nurse (LPN) requires one year of college, a registered nurse (RN) requires two years and a bachelor's in nursing (BSN) requires four years. Finally, at the top of the pay scale are pediatric nurse practitioners and pediatric advanced registered nurse practitioners.

Pay for Registered Nurses

According to a December 2010 survey by Payscale, registered nurses in pediatric offices in the United States earn from $19.64 to $29.00 per hour, or approximately $42,000 to $60,000 per year. By comparison, a survey for the same period states that a pediatric registered nurse for home care earned an average of $60,749. Part of this difference, however, may be accounted for by different survey methods, different employer types and differences in other factors.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

A pediatric nurse practitioner (NP) requires significantly more education, and therefore you would expect her salary to be higher than a pediatric registered nurse's. And according to the Payscale survey that is the case. Pediatric nurse practitioners earned an average of $68,013 in December 2010.

Pediatric Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner

Pediatric advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNP) can have either a bachelor of science degree or a master of science degree. According to a December 2010 Payscale survey, ARNPs earned from $60,532 to $85,333 per year. Those with a bachelor of science in nursing earned from $49,000 to $77,777 while those with the master's degree earned from $58,958 to $86,906.


According to the December 2010 Payscale survey, pediatric nurses with less than five years of experience earned from $18.14 per hour to $25.76. Those with five to nine years of experience earned from $23.70 to $33.24 per hour, those with 10 to 19 years of experience earned $22.33 to $38.58, and those with the most experience, 20 years or more, earned from $23.44 to $43.24 per hour.


Tim McMahon began publishing the "Moore Inflation Predictor" and "Financial Trend Forecaster" newsletter in 1995 and has published it every month since. He is also the editor of and the author of "Healthy Tongue Secrets," a book on dealing with problems like thrush and geographic tongue. He holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering management from Clarkson University.