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NICU RN Salary

National Average
$60,000 $101,727 /year $142,500
$49 /hour
National Average
$5,000 $8,477 /month $11,875
$49 /hour
National Average
$1,154 $1,956 /week $2,740
$49 /hour
National Average
$28.85 $49 /hour $68.51
Annual Salary Monthly Pay Weekly Pay Hourly Wage
Top Earners $125,000 $10,416 $2,403 $60
75th Percentile $115,000 $9,583 $2,211 $55
Average $101,727 $8,477 $1,956 $49
25th Percentile $83,000 $6,916 $1,596 $40
NICU RN Salary Comparison by Location
United States
Ashburn, VA

How much does a NICU RN make?

As of May 17, 2022, the average annual pay for a NICU RN in the United States is $101,727 a year.

Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $48.91 an hour. This is the equivalent of $1,956/week or $8,477/month.

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $142,500 and as low as $60,000, the majority of NICU RN salaries currently range between $83,000 (25th percentile) to $115,000 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $125,000 annually across the United States. The average pay range for a NICU RN varies greatly (by as much as $32,000), which suggests there may be many opportunities for advancement and increased pay based on skill level, location and years of experience.

Based on recent job postings on ZipRecruiter, the NICU RN job market in both Ashburn, VA and the surrounding area is very active. A NICU RN in your area makes on average $120,210 per year, or $18,483 (18%) more than the national average annual salary of $101,727. Virginia ranks number 5 out of 50 states nationwide for NICU RN salaries.

To estimate the most accurate annual salary range for NICU RN jobs, ZipRecruiter continuously scans its database of millions of active jobs published locally throughout America.

Find your next high paying job as a NICU RN on ZipRecruiter today.

What are Top 10 Highest Paying Cities for NICU RN Jobs

We’ve identified 10 cities where the typical salary for a NICU RN job is above the national average. Topping the list is San Francisco, CA, with Fremont, CA and San Jose, CA close behind in the second and third positions. San Jose, CA beats the national average by $19,632 (19.3%), and San Francisco, CA furthers that trend with another $28,487 (28.0%) above the $101,727 average.

With these 10 cities having average salaries higher than the national average, the opportunities for economic advancement by changing locations as a NICU RN appears to be exceedingly fruitful.

Finally, another factor to consider is the average salary for these top ten cities varies very little at 10% between San Francisco, CA and Sunnyvale, CA, reinforcing the limited potential for much wage advancement. The possibility of a lower cost of living may be the best factor to use when considering location and salary for a NICU RN role.

CityAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
San Francisco, CA$130,214$10,851$2,504$62.60
Fremont, CA$124,786$10,399$2,400$59.99
San Jose, CA$121,360$10,113$2,334$58.35
Oakland, CA$119,997$10,000$2,308$57.69
Tanaina, AK$119,553$9,963$2,299$57.48
Wasilla, AK$119,551$9,963$2,299$57.48
Hayward, CA$117,483$9,790$2,259$56.48
Jackson, WY$117,200$9,767$2,254$56.35
Norwalk, CT$116,939$9,745$2,249$56.22
Sunnyvale, CA$116,916$9,743$2,248$56.21

What are Top 5 Best Paying Related NICU RN Jobs in the U.S.

We found at least five jobs related to the NICU RN job category that pay more per year than a typical NICU RN salary. Top examples of these roles include: Neonatal Surgeon, Remote Neonatologist, and ICU Travel Nurse.

Importantly, all of these jobs are paid between $13,966 (13.7%) and $75,809 (74.5%) more than the average NICU RN salary of $101,727. If you’re qualified, getting hired for one of these related NICU RN jobs may help you make more money than that of the average NICU RN position.

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
Neonatal Surgeon$177,536$14,795$3,414$85.35
Remote Neonatologist$140,822$11,735$2,708$67.70
ICU Travel Nurse$122,246$10,187$2,351$58.77
Online Neonatologist$120,615$10,051$2,320$57.99
NICU Clinical Nurse Specialist$115,693$9,641$2,225$55.62
About Our Data
ZipRecruiter salary estimates, histograms, trends and comparisons are derived from both employer job postings and third party data sources.
Data used to develop this report includes ADP data. ADP is an exclusive provider of employee payroll data for ZipRecruiter.