The most common ways RNs supplement income

About 52 percent of registered nurses take side gigs or extra shifts to supplement their yearly income, according to Medscape's 2023 "RN/LPN Compensation Report," published Sept. 26. 

The average base compensation for RNs is $85,000, but RNs who supplement their income earn closer to $89,000, according to the report.

Here are six common ways RNs supplement their yearly income: 

1. Working extra shifts/overtime and weekends/extra holidays: 32 percent 

2. Acting as a preceptor: 13 percent 

3. Taking charge nurse responsibilities: 12 percent 

4. Working on-call shifts: 12 percent 

5. Working a second job or other income-producing activity (non-nursing): 10 percent 

6. Teaching classes: 6 percent 

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