Results of the 2009 AORN salary survey

AORN J. 2009 Dec;90(6):829-44. doi: 10.1016/j.aorn.2009.11.033.


AORN conducted its seventh annual compensation survey for perioperative nurses in August of 2009. A multiple regression model was used to examine how a variety of variables including job title, education level, certification, experience, and geographic region affect nursing compensation. Comparisons between the 2009 data and previous years' data are presented. The effects of other forms of compensation, such as on-call compensation, overtime, bonuses, and shift differentials on average base compensation rates also are examined. Additional analyses explore the effect of the current economic downturn on the perioperative work environment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Certification
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Data Collection
  • Female
  • Health Facility Size
  • Humans
  • Job Description
  • Male
  • Nursing Administration Research
  • Nursing Staff / economics
  • Nursing Staff / organization & administration*
  • Operating Room Nursing / education
  • Operating Room Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Ownership
  • Professional Practice Location
  • Regression Analysis
  • Salaries and Fringe Benefits / statistics & numerical data*
  • Societies, Nursing*
  • United States