Wound Care Nurse Salary – What Can You Expect After You Obtain Certification?

A Wound Care Nurse Salary is Generally Higher

wound care nurse salary

There are many reasons why you might choose to become a certified wound care specialist. Becoming certified might enhance the skills you already possess, allow you to apply for a different or higher position and/or win you the respect of your colleagues and employer. Best of all, a wound care nurse salary is generally higher. Although earning more money may not be at the top of your list of reasons for becoming certified, it is certainly a nice reward for the time and effort you put into becoming a certified wound care professional.

Just how much more money can wound care nurses expect? A wound care nurse salary may depend on where you work, your level of experience and other factors. Consider the following figures:

  • Median income for registered nurses- $64,690 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Average salary of wound care nurse- 69,000 (TypesofNurses.net)
  • Median wage for wound care nurse practitioners- $89,454 (Salary.com)

Wound Care Nurse  – Average Salaries

Here are some average salaries of wound care nurses in different cities/states. The following figures are from Indeed.com:

  • Los Angeles $61,000
  • New York City- $72,000
  • Denver- $53,000
  • California- $87,480
  • Massachusetts- $84,990
  • Hawaii- $82,130

This graph from Indeed.com shows average salaries for other wound care certified professionals.

Wound Care Certified $73,000 

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As can be seen, wages for nurses specializing in wound care can vary greatly according to where you practice. Number of years of experience and education are also important factors.

Most nurses don’t get into wound care for the money. Wound care management is challenging and many nurses find the field highly rewarding. They appreciate the autonomy of wound care and the respect they are afforded as experts in their field. For some, these nontangible rewards are worth far more than an increase in salary, although no one is likely to refuse more money!

The aging of the population means that the field of wound care is going to continue to grow at a rapid pace and nurses who are certified in wound care are going to continue to be in high demand. The wound care nurse salary is also likely to grow as wound care management is increasingly recognized as a specialty in its own right. If you are interested in becoming certified as a wound care specialist, WoundEducators.com can help you get there.


  1. Hi, Ms. Laurie, I finished my Advaced Wound Care Certification course from your wound educators.com. last January 2015. What can you suggest shall i do next after this? My hospital here in Saudi Arabia still do not understand the importance and relevance of a Wound Care Nurse. I hv a lot of patients whose pressure ulcers healed from stage 1V and had saved a limb from those with DFU. But still, i am the lowest paid nurse among the staff nurses. I understand that being a Wound Care Nurse is one of the specialized position in nursing. I still want to pursue my career as wound care nurse but i decided to move to other hospital where our profession is known,accepted and respected. Please suggest or help me how to be certified or my certificate from woundeducators.com is enough?, i want to learn and study more to uplift my career.
    Thank you very much.

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