A Look at the Highest Paying Nursing Jobs in California

Medical Jobs in California

If you are interested in a career in nursing in the state of California, you are in luck. Registered nurses in California are the best-paid nurses in the country. Here are nursing specialties that top the list of the highest paying nursing jobs in California.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

A CRNA is a highly skilled professional that prepares and administers anesthesia to patients in collaboration with surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, podiatrists and other health care professionals. Jobs are available in hospitals, clinics, surgery centers, pain management centers and staffing agencies. The profession requires a minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited nurse anesthesia educational program and completing a national certification exam. The average CRNA salary in California is $208,559.

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Do you have an attraction toward mental health? Working as a psychiatric nurse practitioner can give you the chance to work with patients with various mental health disorders. A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with licensure as a psychiatric nurse practitioner will get you started. Employers include hospitals, mental health units, inpatient psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics. The average salary for the state of California is $144,772 annually.

General Nurse Practitioner

A general nurse practitioner can open an independent practice or work in a variety of clinical settings. Nurse practitioners can specialize in a particular field if they desire. The job requires a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and a license to practice. Hospitals, clinics, urgent care centers, outpatient clinics, and staffing agencies hire nurse practitioners. As a general nurse practitioner in the state of California, you can expect to earn an average salary of $126,890 per year.

Pain Management Nurse

Pain management nurses manage patients’ pain after surgery, or they work with patients who have chronic pain problems. They work with a health care team to determine the cause of pain and the proper course of treatment while educating patients about pain management. An advanced level of education is not a prerequisite for this position. The California average salary for this role is $126,838.

Certified Nurse-Midwife

For nurses who enjoy obstetrics, labor and delivery and prenatal care, becoming a certified nurse-midwife is an excellent choice. You will work in OB/GYN offices, clinics, hospital settings, or you may choose to open a practice. To practice, you will need certification as a nurse-midwife. The average salary for a nurse-midwife in California is $123,726.

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

If you want to work in a specialized unit or clinic, this might be the role for you. You will diagnose and treat various conditions, and you might even specialize in a particular illness. The CNS focuses on improving the status of nursing in the hospital. You will need a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in clinical nursing. You can expect $121,379 per year as a CNS in California.

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