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Nurses Salaries, Cost of Living, Taxes and other Things of Interest

Salaries of General Duty Registered Nurse (RN)
(Salaries for 2008/2010)
All Data in Canadian Dollars
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These are the ranges of Gross Salaries (before taxes and deductions for healthcare insurance, pensions etc) you can expect as an RN with one to five years post qualification experience, without any specialist qualification. The annual hours do not include any overtime and are based on 50 working weeks.

  Canadian Dollars
Per Hour
Canadian Dollars
Annual Income
Year of Sample Normal Annual
Location (Province) Min Max Min Max  
Toronto, Ottawa Ontario $22.75 $41.10 $44,362 $80,145 2007 1,950
Calgary, Edmonton, Banff Area - Alberta $28.63 $38.92 $54,797 $74,493 2009 1,914
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest - British Columbia $24.66 $38.26 $46,336 $71,890 2007 1,879
Montreal, Quebec $21.00 $44.00 $38,955 $81,620 2008 1,855
Saskatoon Area - Saskatchewan $25.00 $46.20 $48,725 $90,043 2009 1,949
Newfoundland/Labrador NU $23.50 $39.00 $45,825 $76,050 2009 1,950
Fredericton - New Brunswick $22.00 $41.66 $42,900 $81,237 2007 1950
Winnipeg - Manitoba $30.05 $37.12 $60,753 $74,796 2009 2015
Halifax - Nova Scotia $27.41 $43.00 $53,450 $83,850 2009 1950
Prince Edward Island $24.55 $33.25 $47,873 $64,838 2009 1950
Source: Canadian Nurses Association 2015

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Salaries for Nurses
All Data in Swiss Francs
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Despite a large private health sector, the majority of the hospitals in Switzerland are owned by the Cities, Municipalities or Cantons (States). Although there are regional differences in the pay scale, these are not large. Each Canton (State) has an exact pay scale and there is very little discretionary element in pay. There is a high possibility for overtime or night work, which will increase take home pay substantially. Rates in Private Hospitals might be higher. Switzerland has Value Added Tax (VAT) on almost anything you buy, except some essentials at 7.7%.

Position Zurich, Geneva, Lausanne Area Other Parts
Experienced Nurses (RN) There are 26 States or Cantons in Switzerland and each Canton has its own Salary and Benefits agreement for nurses and hospital personnel. Most of the hospitals are run by the Cantons. The salary levels differ somewhat, but by and large tend to be similar with Geneva, (Geneva) Lausanne (Vaud), and the Zurich area (Zurich) being somewhat higher than the rest of the country. But costs of housing in these cantons is also considerably higher. Private hospitals pay similar rates though they might vary more. *


98,000 - 120,000

Gross Salary for a 42 hour week
4 weeks paid Vacation
Salary is usually paid as 13 monthly Salaries
This does not include overtime of shift payments




75,000 - 90,000

Gross Salary for a 42 hour week
4 weeks paid Vacation

Salary is usually paid as 13 monthly Salaries
This does not include overtime and shift payments


The data is at this time very limited, but it will gradually become more informative. Any feedback is appreciated.

Salaries for Nurses, Care Givers and Allied Health Care Professionals


All Data in Pound Sterling
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The Government has announced that from 2013, all nurses will be educated to degree level.

Note: These are samples of NHS (National Health Service) Salaries (2009) and are given as an indication only. The NHS rates below are those effective April 2009. The sources for the salaries are NHS, BUPA and various other advertised jobs. The Pay Rates are based on the new definition of job titles fit into and the nationally produced job profiles. It can be used as a guide to the levels of pay, but please note that some job vacancies advertised in the NHS may carry very slightly different job titles to those provided here.

National Health Service Salary Scale for Nurses and Support Workers 2009
Job Title Pay Band Min Pay Max Pay
Clinical Support Worker (Community & Hospital) (Nursing Auxiliaries) Band 2 13,233 13,944
Clinical support worker nursing higher level (Community & Hospital) Band 3 13,233 16,333
Maternity Care Assistant, Nurse associate practitioner acute (Community& Hospital) Band 4 15,190 18,157
Nurse, (Community, GP Practice, School, Hospital, Mental Health, Theatre Nurse) Midwife (Entry Level) Band 5 17,732 21,318
Health Visitor, Nurse Specialist, Nurse Team Leader, Midwife (Community & Specialist) Band 6 20,710 26,839
Health Visitor Specialist, Nurse Advanced - Team Manager (Hospital & Community) Midwife (Team Manager) Band 7 29,789 39,273
Modern Matron, Nurse Consultant, Midwife Consultant Band 8 37,996 79,031
Doctors, Psychologists, Top Administrators (Nursing) Band 9 75,383 95,333

Jobs located in high cost areas such as those in and around London as well as in and around the larger cities in Britain carry a cost of Living Allowance as shown below.

High Cost Area Allowances (2008/2009)
Area % of Basic Minimum Maximum
Inner London 20% of Basic Salary 3,947 6,080
Outer London 15% of Basic Salary 3,339 4,256
Fringe (Areas close to Large Cities) 5% of Basic Salary 912 1,581

National Health Service Salary Scale for Allied Health Care Professionals 2009
Job Title and Description Pay Band Minimum Maximum
Arts Therapist (entry level to arts therapist principal) Band 6 - Band 8a 20,710 45,596
Clinical Psychologist (clinical psychology trainee to
lead/head of psychology services)
Band 6 - Band 9 20,710 95,333
Non-Clinical Psychologists (psychological trainee to consultant psychologist) Band 6 - Band 9 20,710 95,333
Dietitian (dietician to advanced dietitian) Band 5 - Band 7 17,732 39,273
Occupational Therapist (therapist to advanced therapist) Band 5 - Band 7 17,732 39,273
Operating Department Practitioner (entry level to high level) Band 4 - Band 6 15,190 26,839
Orthoptist (Orthoptist to Head Orthoptists) Band 5 - Band 8c 17,732 65,657
Physiotherapist (entry level to advanced) Band 5 - Band 7 17,732 39,273
Podiatrist (chiropodist) (entry level to advanced) Band 5 - Band 7 17,732 39,273
Prosthetist/orthotist (health care support worker to health care science consultant) Band 2 - Band 8c 13,233 65,657
Psychotherapist (trainee to principal) Band 5 - Band 8a 17,732 45,596
Radiographer (diagnostic and therapeutic to advanced) Band 5 - Band 7 17,732 39,273
Speech and Language Therapist (assistant to advanced) Band 4 - Band 7 15,190 39,273

In addition to the above pay, jobs located in high cost areas such as those in and around London, as well as in and around the larger cities in Britain carry a cost of Living Allowance as shown above.

Income Tax

As a worker in the UK you will be subject to the same taxes as a UK resident under the PAYE (Pay As You Earn) Scheme, which comprises of Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions.

Rates 2009-10 2010-11
Starting rate for savings: 10%* £0-£2,440 £0-£2,440
Basic rate: 20% £0-£37,400 £0-£37,400
Higher rate: 40% Over £37,400 £37,401-£150,000
Additional rate: 50% Not applicable Over £150,000

* There is a 10 per cent starting rate for savings income only.

The basic rate of Income Tax from April 2009 are 20% on your taxable earnings. These rates are set by the Government and can vary from time to time.

National Insurance

National Insurance contributions help pay for some of the benefits that you may receive whilst working in the UK. This is also set by the Government and changes at the beginning of the Tax year (6th April).

When you enter the UK and are intending to work, even for a short period, you must apply for a National Insurance number.

UK-Cost of Living

The currency in the UK is the Pound Sterling (£) and is issued in "Pounds and Pence". (£ = Pounds, p = Pence). There are 100 Pence to the Pound. Denominations are £100, £50, £20, £10 and £5 notes and £2, £1, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p and 1p coins. Most goods and services have 'Value Added Tax' (VAT) added. This is currently 17.5%.

Prices vary across the UK. Major population centres such Bristol, Birmingham, London, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester are the most expensive to live while smaller towns and villages are cheaper.

The UK has a selection of both large chain stores and smaller individually owned shops. Most shops now open 7 days a week. though, some still close on a Sunday. There are four major supermarket chains - TESCO, ASDA, SAINSBURY's and SAFEWAY. These are to be found in almost every city and town. MARKS & SPENCERS also sells groceries in the larger shops. The supermarkets sell groceries, household items, toiletries, magazines, newspapers etc. Many now also sell clothes and CD' s or videos.

Small corner stores are usually considerably more expensive than the large chains. Though, they obviously open much longer then the latter.

Source: NHS 2009

Recent Salaries for Registered Nurses (RN)
(Salaries for 2011/12)
All Data in USA Dollars
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Staff RNs working in the United States average a median base salary of $41,642 (2009).  Half of all US RN's are expected to earn between $38,792 and $44,869. Nearly 67% of nurses are employed in hospital inpatient and outpatient settings. 32% of all nurses are employed in medical offices and clinics, home healthcare agencies, nursing homes, temporary help agencies, academia, and government agencies.

Average Salaries for Registered Nurses (RN)
Type of Nurse 3+Years Post Qualification Starting Salary
Registered Nurse $ 47,110 $ 39,000
Staff Registerd Nurse $ 44,200 $ 37,000
Masters Degree Level $ 59,600 $ 49,700

The weekly/annual working hours are generally 39hrs/1,950hrs. Overtime and shift allowances are not included in the above. You should also not that salaries might vary with the size of the hospital you will be working in. The same is also true for rural versus urban hospital locations.

Average Salaries for various Functions of Registered Nurses (RN) in Hospitals
Type of Function Annual Salary
LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) $ 33,500
Nurse Manager $ 65,000
Physicians Office $ 36,500
Acute Care $ 45,000
Ambulatory Care Center/HMO $ 44,000
Case Management $ 48,000
Operating Room $ 45,000
Community/ Home Health $ 44,600
Health Insurance Company/ School $ 42,000
Extended Care/Psychology $ 38,500
Dietician $ 37,000
Physical Therapist $ 55,000
Speech Pathology $ 44,000
National Average $45,500

The salaries for nurse practitioners will depend on the level of degree and on whether they work in an urban or rural setting.

Average Salaries for Nurse Practitioners
One Year Post Qualification experience $ 57,000
3+ years experience $ 62,000

Again these average salaries might vary depending on the geographical location within the USA.

Average Salaries for Nurse Practitioners by level of Education
Bachelors Degree $ 46,500
Masters Degree $ 62,000
PhD - Administrator/Director $ 74,000

Public Service Salaries of General Duty Registered Nurses (RN)
Full and Part Time (Salaries for 2009/10)
All Data in Australian Dollars
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The wages and conditions for nurses in Australia are determined by various Awards and Agreements. Generally speaking, awards of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission provide the legal minimum for wages and working conditions. In addition to this, nurses in the public health sector and in private hospitals are normally covered by an industrial agreement which provide additional wages and working conditions. While there is some degree of consistency, wages and conditions can vary depending on the relevant State/Territory and the specific area of nursing.

Average Registered Nurses Annual Salaries
Years of Experience Annual Salary
Year 1 $ 42,337
Year 2 $ 44,649
Year 3 $ 46,950
Year 4 $ 49,423
Year 5 $ 51,870
Year 6 $ 54,323
Year 7 $ 57,114
Year 8+ $ 59,462

Salaries for RN's increase every year for up to 8 years of experience. Further increments depend on the level of responsibility. Normally salaries are paid weekly or fortnightly.

Shift Allowances

Employees working afternoon or night shifts are paid percentages of their salary in addition to the ordinary rate, as follows:

  • afternoon shift commencing at 10.00 am and before 1.00 pm attracts an additional 10%
  • afternoon shift commencing at 1.00 pm and before 4.00 pm attracts an additional 12.5%
  • night shift commencing at 4.00 pm and before 4.00 am attracts an additional 15%
  • night shift commencing at 4.00 am and before 6.00 am attracts an additional 10%.

Employees whose ordinary working hours include work on a Saturday and/or Sunday are paid for ordinary working hours worked between midnight on Friday and midnight on Saturday at the rate of time and one half, and for ordinary hours worked between midnight on Saturday and midnight on Sunday at the rate of time and three quarters.

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