The Average Salary of a Neonatal Nurse in Florida

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Neonatal nurses provide care for the hospital's youngest patients.
Neonatal nurses provide care for the hospital's youngest patients. (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Neonatal nurses are registered nurses who provide professional nursing care to infants during their first 28 days of life. Staff registered nurses may work as neonatal nurses, but those who wish to specialize in the field can acquire the additional training and education necessary to become certified in either low-risk neonatal nursing or neonatal intensive care nursing. Registered nurses with advanced degrees may qualify for certification as a neonatal nurse practitioner. A Florida-based neonatal nurse's income can be impacted by the part of the state where she works and her level of credentials.

Staff Neonatal Nurses

Staff registered nurses may work in a health care facility's neonatal section. The median annual income for staff registered nurses at all levels of experience and certification from across the United States was $64,690 as of May 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Staff registered nurses who practiced in the state of Florida earned median annual wages of $60,430. The top 10 percent of Florida-based registered nurses earned more than $85,540 per year, while the bottom 10 percent earned less than $43,550 per year. The middle 50 percent of Florida-based nurses earned annual wages of between $51,290 and $71,920.

Neonatal Intensive Care Nurses

Registered nurses who have acquired a total of at least 2,000 hours and at least 24 months of neonatal intensive care nursing experience and who have been employed in a NICU environment within the previous 24 months may sit for the national certifying examination as a neonatal intensive care nurse. The average annual income for Florida-based NICU nurses was $77,000 as of June 2011, according to the Indeed website. Wages for NICU nurses may vary within the state. NICU nurses who practiced in Tampa earned average wages of $73,000 per year, while those who worked in Jacksonville earned average annual wages of $69,000.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioners

Neonatal nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses. They typically hold an advanced nursing degree of at least the master's level and have a minimum of two years professional nursing experience caring for high-risk newborns. The median national annual income for neonatal nurse practitioners was $100,440 as of June 2011, according to the Salary website. Those who practiced in Sarasota, Florida, earned median annual salaries of $94,514. Pensacola-based neonatal nurse practitioners earned median annual wages of $85,976, while those who worked in Miami earned median wages of $97,427 per year.

Benefits

A neonatal nurse's base salary represents only a portion of her total compensation. A Miami, Florida-based neonatal nurse practitioner's average base salary of $97,427 represented approximately 72.7 percent of her total compensation of $134,082 as of June 2011, according to the Salary website. The value of the Miami-based nurse's paid time off accounts for an additional $11,999 per year. The remainder of the nurse's total compensation is made up of employer contributions to government and private health insurance, disability insurance and retirement programs.

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