Is It True That Male Nurses Get Paid More than Female Nurses???

Updated on September 24, 2011
K.J. asks from Picayune, MS
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Ok. My husband been thinking about go back to school. He wants to get into the medical field as LPN or a EMT. I think he's stuck in the two. Trying to look at the Pros and Cons on the two. Anyway,he told someone at work that he was thinking about being a Nurse(LPN). They told him that the male nurses get paid more than the females. I told my husband I don't have a clue rather or not if they do. He said his friend told him that they do because they aren't to many male nurses. Some people kinda laugh at the situation that he wants to be a nurse. My husband said it doesn't bother him what people thinks of him. He's a loving,caring man that helps anyone out if they needed help. I think he would be wonderful as a nurse. :)

So if anyone can give me a little a little more info on the two or anything I'll appreciate it!!! And whats yall thoughts on this all? Thanks!!!!

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answers from Seattle on

New grad nurses get paid the same across the board USUALLY (there are certain exceptions where that's not true > like RN to BSRN new grad BSRN will make more than other new grad BSRNs because they've already been nursing as an RN for a few years... but generally, pick a hospital and all their new grad nurses make the same wages).

But statistically YES, male nurses make more than female nurses AFTER the first year working.

Polling admin in hospitals has found that male nurses tend to ASK for raises instead of waiting for them (or waiting for a review to ask).

There's a whole other set of sociology stats about who gets told "yes" more often in ALL fields, but in all fields (including nursing) the *trend* is the same. Men ask, women wait.

It's not "that simple", but it's a reeeeally big component.

Some of the other factors that go in are pretty surprising. The one that made me go "huh" the most is that men TEND to "just" ask. As in they get extra responsiblity and they'll smile and say "So does my salary go up?", or they'll just bring it up casually after some random period of time with NO increase in duties. Women on the other hand tend to a) WAIT, and then when they DO ask TEND to make it "a big deal" / very serious.

The casualness of men asking has been theorized / found in polling to "keep the idea of a raise" on their bosses radar. So when raise time comes around (or if there happens to be money in the budget right then and there and it makes sense to bump; like with increased duties) the man is on their mind and "wanting a raise". Now, everyone wants to be paid more, so managers in general ignore that. It's not FAIR, it's just psychology. It's like a kid asking for a snack. You may think that they're probably hungry, but intend to get around to it as soon as possible (convenient)... which will be in a little bit (10-30 minutes). Kid ASKS, and you nod, and go ahead and get the snack then OR as soon as it's actually possible.

EMTs in our area are all private... and make about $9 an hour to start (fifty cents above min wage). Paramedics, otoh, are usually fire department and they get paid on a "scale". Like the military, pay is determined by rank and time in grade. In our area they start at 54k per year. Male, female, it doesn't matter. What rank and time you've put in determines your paycheck

(( to know... the poverty line -food stamps, etc.- starts at 44k per year for a family of 3. I know OUR area wages... because it's one of my fields... but I have no idea of other areas))

The "our area" stuff is because counties and states all vary in their EMT and Paramedic practice.

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answers from Washington DC on

I don't know if they are actually paid more. But my cousin went back to school and has a free ride at Duke because he is considered a minority, being male in the female dominated nursing school.
So definitely have him look at scholarships

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answers from Birmingham on

I have been an RN for almost 9 years and wasn't aware that male nurses made more than females. Hmmmm. If your husband decides to go the nursing route, tell him to go to RN school instead of LPN. LPN's work just as hard but are paid a fraction. It doesn't seem fair. Just mt opinion!

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answers from Tulsa on

I am an RN, and I currently teach in an associate degree program. Men do not get paid more than women, however if there is a choice between a male nurse and a female nurse, the male nurse will have the advantage in getting the job. Men are bigger and stronger (for the most part), thus they are more desirable as nursing is a very physical job. If he's looking to make the most, forget LPN or EMT, get his RN! We still get more female students than male, but there are more men every year, and it is much more acceptable for men to be nurses now than in the past. Tell him good luck, it's a bumpy ride!

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answers from Birmingham on

Nurses, male and female, get paid the same. It is against the law to pay a man more than a woman or vica versa. It is a wonderful profession for men and women. He shouldn't worry about what others say and just do it.

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answers from Detroit on

I have two nephews who are nurses. The both started out as LPN's, then became RN's, which gave them a pay increase. The one really loves it, the other is okay with it. It's great to have men nurses to help out men patients. After reading Riley's post, I think that it is pretty crappy that even in a female dominated field, men still make more than women. You would think in this day and age, it would be the opposite.

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answers from Reading on

My husband is an RN and works weekends and Per Diem during the week. It is true that he gets paid more than most nurses but that is ONLY because he is willing to work the hours that no one else is willing to commit to. He works the night shift and the pay differential for his position is $9.00 per hour for working nights. Most momma's can't or don't want to work that position because they have families to tend to, and those who do work with him have husbands who are stay at home dads. There are a few women who work the same hours as him and they all get paid the same as he does. Most of the men he works with are night shift nurses as well and there are very few day shift male nurses at his hospital. Maybe that is what your husbands friend was referring to.
Also, if I may add one more thought....if your husband can make the time commitment and financial commitment to going back to school to become an RN rather than an LPN or EMT that might be a better more promising career path. In PA they are laying off LPN's and the pay rate is about 1/2 of what an RN makes. I honestly don't know what an EMT makes, but I'm almost certain an RN will make more.
I wish you and your family the best!

Edit: In response to what Riley said: I know every state is different but in the hospital my husband has worked in for 7 years he has not once asked for a raise nor has he been given one. A letter comes out every year saying that the wage he is earning is competitive with that of other area hospitals and therefore no raise is being given to anyone on that contract. Basically, if you dont' like it go find another job! Also, he is under a contract that is the same exact contract as everyone else in his position...MALE AND FEMALE ALL GET PAID THE SAME RATE! His supervisor couldn't give him a raise if she wanted to! The same is true with other hospitals in our area. Male and Female nurses who apply for a certain position in nursing are all given the same contract...we know this because we have many nursing friends and family both male and female. Same contract same pay rate! When the contract changes so will the pay rate for everyone on that particular contract.

Also, to prove the point that they get paid the same, but men are willing to work the harder hours or overtime here is an article that basically says what I said...

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answers from Pittsfield on

Not here, that I'm aware of (my husband is an RN). I think it depends more on the type degree a nurse has. A nurse with a bachelor's makes more than a nurse with an associate's, for example. Also depends on the degree of responsibility (a charge nurse would make more, for example). Also the # of years experience, and even the shift affect salary. Where you live also affects salaries. Nurses tend to make more in some regions than others.

Nursing is a great profession. There are so many different types of positions a nurse can work in (Oncology, Med/Surg, dialysis, psych, pediatrics, maternity, ER, O.R., ICU, just to name a few.

Best wishes :)

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answers from Tampa on

Yes it is true. I'm a Nurse and not only do they get paid more to start off as a new Nurse, they continue to make more even over more seasoned female Nurses.

Nursing schools also make it easier for males to get into their schools and offer more scholarships and grants to males.

I don't see them doing this to more male dominated careers... making it easier and more profitable for women to join their ranks - yet they do this in Nursing (and Teaching!!). It should be illegal. Who cares if more men become Nurses (or Teachers) or not? I know the patients generally prefer women anyways.



answers from Shreveport on

I've been a RN for over 30 yrs.but have never asked the male nurse, but the way they they talk they probably do, and that 's really ashame as they due no more than the female..tell him I think its a wonderful field go with the field...its very rewarding and if he like its he will go ahead and further his degree like I did...from LPN to RN



answers from Dallas on

It is probably true, just based on sweeping statistics. Men make more then woman in virtually every single profession. I'm not sure that will ever change.

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