Surgical Nurse Salary

Surgical nurses, also known as OR nurses, operating room nurses, or scrub nurses, assist physicians in the operating room to perform surgical operations. Discover average surgical nurse salary information and salary range.


OR nurses must hold an RN license in the state where they wish to work. In most states, this requires a minimum of an associates degree in nursing. The nursing license requirements by state do vary, so be certain to look at the one's in your preferred state before seeking further education.


In addition to their education, psychiatric nurses may choose to receive the Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN®) credential. The requirements include:
  • Hold a current, active RN license
  • Practiced 2 calendar years as an RN in a medical-surgical setting.
  • 2,000 hours of practice within the past three (3) years in a medical-surgical setting. Practice may include clinical, management, or education.


The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses are the premier associations for the specialty of surgical and operating room nurses.

Average Surgical Nurse Salary

Indeed shows an average surgical nurse salary at $74,000 per year. At Payscale, the median annual salary for an RN working in the operating room was $62,971 in 2013 with a salary range between $46,002 - $87,292.