There are many rungs on the ladder of nursing salaries and incomes. Someone without a college degree, working in a retirement centre, might expect to earn $10-15 per hour. A registered nurse working in a general practice office might earn a salary between $35,000 and $45,000. A hospital practitioner might earn around $70,000 a year mid-career, while a certified anesthetist might earn upwards of $125,000, mid-career. This tends to be a career in which you can get started, gain some knowledge and expertise, take more classes and get trained, and keep moving up. Thus, it's difficult to pinpoint an average nursing salary. This does tend to be an industry that has a good amount of job security, and frequently, excellent health benefits.