Not to stereotype a particular specialty to another, but there are different rates for each nursing specialty in the heath care in the the United Kingdom and some pay higher than others. If you are curious about the highest-paying nursing specialties in the UK, continue to the end of this article.
What are the seven (7) highest paying nursing specialties in the UK?
- Anesthetic Nurses: These nurses are responsible for administering anesthetic drugs to patients before surgery. They work with surgeons, dentists and podiatrists to safely administer anesthetic medications under guidance from the anesthetics. You may earn a range of £37,000 on an average per year. Once you start your specialty training as an anesthetist employed by the NHS, you can expect to earn a salary of at least £40,257, which can increase to between £84,559 and £114,003 as a consultant.
- Neonatal Nurse Practitioner: A neonatal nurse practitioner is an advanced practice registered nurse with at least 2 years experience as a bedside registered nurse in a Level III NICU, who is prepared to practice across the continuum, providing primary, acute, chronic, and critical care to neonates, infants, and toddlers through age 2. The national average salary for an advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner is £38,429 in the United Kingdom. You will need to have a 2.1 degree in a relevant health-related area and work within a tertiary neonatal intensive care unit with a minimum of 5 years of clinical experience.
- Cardiac Nurse Practitioner: Cardiac nurse practitioners are advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who specialize in preventing and treating heart disease. While they frequently collaborate with cardiologists, cardiac nurse practitioners also have a great deal of independence when treating their patients. The average cardiology nurse salary in the United Kingdom is £34,993 per year or £17.95 per hour.
- Pediatric Nurse: A pediatric nurse provides medical care to children. They take care of children during diagnosis, administer treatment and provide post-treatment care and counselling. They earn about £31,700 on average per year and this increases as they gain more experience.
- Midwives: Midwives provide advice, care and support for women and their babies during pregnancy, labor and the early postnatal period. Band 6 midwife salary – starts at £32,306 per annum and goes up to £39,027 with five or more years of experience.
- Pain Management Nurse: Pain management nurses are responsible for the care of patients with chronic or acute pain. Once they have assessed a patient’s pain, they work closely with doctors and other nurses to create a treatment plan. Pain management nurses administer medications and provide pain relief through other therapeutic methods. The average salary for a Pain Management Nurse is £38,572 per year in the United Kingdom.
- Research Nurse: Clinical research nurses play a vital role in delivering clinical research, and ultimately improving patient care and treatment pathways. Duties could include: supporting a patient through their treatment as part of a clinical trial, preparing trial protocols and other trial-related documentation. The average salary for a Research Nurse is £37,860 per year.
Other high-paying nursing specialties include Theatre Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, District Nursing, Nurse Educator, Geriatric Nursing etc.