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Average Salary: $65,470

Expected Lifetime Earnings: $2,733,000

It varies depending on location and exact type of work, but $60k-$70k is in the right ballpark. Hope you’re prepared to stomach working on a daily basis around people who are making 3-5 times that much. And no, we’re not just referring to your really, really rich patients.

Good luck with this one.

If you want to make more, there’s always the nursing union (The California Nurses Association here in this state). A little tough to get into, but once you do, you’re set. The pension’ll add another $25k or so to your annual salary. Amazing how much more vomit you can put up with when you’re making $100k a year.