OR Nurse Salary for Arizona and Top US States

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An OR nurse salary in Phoenix, Arizona, is typically in the $40 – $45 an hour range. This works out to an average yearly salary range of $83,200 – $93,600. It should be noted that the rate we are stating here is based on our experience placing OR nurses in the Phoenix area.  According to Salary.com, the median yearly OR nurse salary for an OR nurse based in Phoenix is $73,027, which equates to about $35 an hour. The rates we are typically placing OR nurses at are in the upper 25% range of Salary.com’s estimate.

OR nurse salary range for Phoenix, AZ
Estimated OR nurse salary for Phoenix, AZ, according to Salary.com

At Desert Medical Careers, we have a tendency to be able to place OR nurses at a higher rate than the median rate shown above because of our strong relationships with healthcare employers that we’ve developed over the past 20 years. These employers know our employee vetting process and trust the quality of OR nurse that we will bring to them.

If you would like to be placed in an OR nursing position, please fill out the form below or call us at 602-468-6300.

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How Does an OR Nurse Salary Compare to Other Nursing Position Salaries?

It is important to note that OR nurses make a higher salary than many nursing positions because they are working within an operating room. For instance, we also place PACU nurses, and they have a tendency to make a little less, averaging around $35 an hour. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and Orthopedics nurses make more, on average, than OR nurses earn.

How Does the Average OR Nurse Salary Compare Based on Geographic Location?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurses, as a whole, are paid the most in California, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Oregon, and Alaska with average annual wages ranging from $86,450 – $101,750.  PayScale.com lists a median OR Nurse Salary for Los Angeles, CA as $85,000 and a median OR nurse salary in Boston, Massachusetts as $79,231. In Phoenix, we are placing OR nurses at  $83,200 – $93,600 per year.

If you would like to be placed in an OR nursing position, contact Desert Medical Careers at (602) 468-6300.

OR Nurse Advancement Opportunities

If you’re an OR nurse looking to advance your career, the easiest career transition choices are the ones closely related to OR nurse duties. A couple of popular positions are Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and Certified RN First Assistant.

A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist will administer medications during surgery to keep a patient pain free. The national average for a CRNA is $135,000.

A Certified RN First Assistant might perform more advanced surgical assistant tasks such as performing sutures, performing hemostasis, and caring for wounds. The salary for a Certified RN First Assistant can vary greatly, though the pay for this position is typically more than an OR Nurse salary in the same facility.

Are You Looking for a Position as an OR Nurse?

Desert Medical Careers has a high demand for OR nurses throughout the United States. We place full-time and part-time healthcare positions. With over 20 years’ experience working with healthcare employees, DMC is an expert at matching healthcare workers with their ideal work environment. Contact DMC today at (602) 468-6300.

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