What is the average starting surgical nurse salary?

The average starting surgical nurse salary is $67,000 to $85,000 USD per year, according to the most recent salary survey conducted by the United States Department of Labor and Statistics in 2009. Surgical nurses, who are registered nurses with specialized training in surgical care, earn approximately $10,000 USD more per year than other types of registered nurses due to the nature of this critical work. Surgical nurses who work in emergency room surgical care can earn significantly more than those who work in regular medical offices and research centers. In addition to excellent starting salaries, surgical nurses enjoy above-average health benefits, ongoing training and mentoring opportunities throughout their careers.