Salary of an PACU / OR Nurse

PACU nursing salary

A question that many nurses (or future nurses) will very likely ask when contemplating a career as a PACU nurse is this: how much do PACU nurses make? 

It is important to consider a PACU nurse salary as you consider your next move. And the good news is that you can definitely earn a good living as a PACU nurse. 

According to the salary website, as of November 2019, PACU nurses earn an average hourly rate of $31.84. That works out to an annual average salary of $67,346. The salaries can and do range from $48,000 to $98,000, depending on factors such as the nurse’s years of experience, the practice setting, the geographic location, and others. 

Don’t forget about bonuses. Payscale reports an average bonus of about $1,200 and other benefits such as commission and profit sharing. (If you put in any overtime, that can also boost your take-home pay.) reports even higher salary averages in some states, like Massachusetts, New York, and New Hampshire. And the national average salary for a PACU nurse according to’s stats is about $91,207.

PACU nurses work very hard and are paid nicely for their work. But did you know that a PACU nurse can earn even more by becoming a PACU travel nurse? In general, travel nurses out earn their counterparts, and that holds true for PACU travel nurses, too. 

So, if you’re a PACU nurse and you’re interested in hitting the road, a PACU travel nurse might be just the ticket. In addition to a higher salary, you can also save on costs, since our partners provide free housing and other benefits, keeping that money in your bank account. 

Read More About PACU Travel Nursing Salary and Requirements from the links below.

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