The top salaries of nurses in the country are on a par with their counterparts in the US, and even as India faces an epidemic of under-staffing, the country is lagging behind its neighbours.
The latest figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of India (NMCI), released on Wednesday, show the average RN salary in the entire country stands at Rs 4,200 a month, but that is only for those who work for private hospitals.
“Our salary is not a reflection of our ability to care for our patients.
But the amount is the lowest in the world,” said M.D. Rao, secretary general of NMCI.
Rao said the current salaries are set by the NMC, not the government.
For instance, an RN earns Rs 6,400 for a day-to-day work.
In contrast, a nurse working in a private hospital earns Rs 8,200, he added.
There are some differences in the salaries of RNs in the cities as well.
In Delhi, where the city is home to the country’s largest hospital, the average salaries for a RN are Rs 6.4 lakh, whereas in the national capital, where most RNs work, the salaries are Rs 5.8 lakh.
On the other hand, in Chennai, the city that is India’s largest, the national average RN salaries are a mere Rs 1.4 crore.
In Hyderabad, the capital of Tamil Nadu, the median RN salary is Rs 1 crore, while in Chennai the figure is Rs 2.8 crore.
While the median salary for RNs is around Rs 3.3 lakh, the number who work as consultants, including nurses and medical doctors, in private hospitals are reported to be around 4 lakh, according to the government-funded Indian Statistical Institute.