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Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses

At a glance

• 33,900 employees
• 23,976 FTEs*
• 43 years =
average age
• $112,000 per year = average compensation including benefits for a full-time RN

There are 33,900 registered nurses (RNs) and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) in BC who care for clients in a variety of publicly-funded health care settings. The combined total straight-time (not including overtime) hours of work is equivalent to 23,976 full-time employees. Most registered nurses work in hospitals and outpatient clinics (69.9 per cent) and community mental health services (12.1 per cent).

The majority of registered nurses work as general duty nurses in hospitals, making up 71 per cent of total RN/RPN full-time equivalents (FTEs).

*Nurses implemented a 37.5 hour work week in 2013, increasing the standard hours per FTE from 1879.2 to 1950 hours.

FTE and employee trend (2009-2014)

The average age of a registered nurse is 43 years, roughly the same as in 2010 (43.3 years). Approximately 22.4 per cent of registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses are now 55 years or older, which is an increase from 2010 when 22.1 per cent of registered nurses were over the age of 55.

Employees by Age Group (2010 vs. 2014)

Wages and benefits
The average annual compensation for one full-time registered nurse is estimated to be $112,000 or $57.42 per hour, including wages and benefits. Since 2006, nurse wages have increased by 24.4 per cent while the rate of inflation (BC Consumer Price Index) during this period was 11.9 per cent.

Wage Settlements vs. Inflation (BC CPI 2006-2014)

Compensation breakdown for a full-time registered nurse/registered psychiatric nurse (2014)

Overtime and sick leave
Over the past seven years, nurses have worked an average of 1.1 to 1.8 hours of overtime per week. Since 2008, overtime hours per FTE decreased by 42 minutes per week. Paid sick leave for registered nurses has remained fairly constant over the past seven years.



Compensation figures are based on 2014 data and have been adjusted to account for 2014/2015 labour cost adjustments.

Last Updated: 08-10-2015