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Nurse Average Salary in Denmark 2024

How much money does a person working as Nurse make in Denmark?

Average Monthly Salary
31,800 DKK
( 382,000 DKK yearly)

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

A person working as Nurse in Denmark typically earns around 31,800 DKK. Salaries range from 16,200 DKK (lowest) to 49,000 DKK (highest).

Salary Variance

This is the average salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Nurse salaries in Denmark vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Nurse Pay Scale and Salaries in Denmark

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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
29,000 DKK or more
10% of people earn
25,800 to 29,000 DKK
20% of people earn
18,700 DKK or less
65% of people earn
18,700 to 25,800 DKK
Minimum Salary
16,200 DKK
29,200 DKK
49,000 DKK

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Salaries for the position Nurse in Denmark range from 16,200 DKK (starting salary) to 49,000 DKK (maximum salary). It should be noted that the given figure is not the legally mandated minimum wage; rather, it represents the lowest figure reported in a salary survey that included thousands of participants and professionals from all regions of the country.

  • Median Salary

    With a median salary of 29,200 DKK, half of the professionals who work as Nurse in Denmark earn less than this amount, and the other half earn more. The median salary denotes the middle value of salaries. Ideally, you would want to belong to the group earning more than the median salary, located on the right side of the salary distribution graph.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    The median is closely associated with two other values known as the 25th and 75th percentiles. By examining the salary distribution chart, it can be determined that 25% of professionals employed as Nurse in Denmark earn less than 24,100 DKK, while 75% earn more. Similarly, the chart shows that 75% earn less than 33,200 DKK while 25% earn more.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    To provide a better understanding of expected salaries, we categorized the frequently occurring salaries into different ranges. This approach provides a more precise representation of salary distribution for the job title Nurse in Denmark compared to simply calculating the average. The majority of reported salaries, approximately 65%, fall within the range of 18,700 DKK to 25,800 DKK. About 20% of salaries are below the 18,700 DKK mark, while 10% fall within the range of 25,800 DKK to 29,000 DKK. Only 5% of individuals have salaries exceeding 29,000 DKK.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience / Nurse / Denmark

How do experience and age affect pay?

0 - 2 Years
18,200 DKK
2 - 5 Years+31%
23,800 DKK
5 - 10 Years+40%
33,300 DKK
10 - 15 Years+20%
40,000 DKK
15 - 20 Years+9%
43,400 DKK
20+ Years+8%
46,900 DKK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally, the more years of experience the higher the wage. We broke down salaries by experience level for people working as Nurse and this is what we found.

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.

Employees with less than two years of experience earn approximately 18,200 DKK.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 23,800 DKK, 31% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 33,300 DKK, 40% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

Additionally, professionals whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 40,000 DKK, 20% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 43,400 DKK, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 46,900 DKK, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Salary Comparison By Education / Nurse / Denmark

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary variance between different education levels of professionals working as Nurse.

Bachelor's Degree
22,500 DKK
Master's Degree+77%
39,800 DKK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down salaries by education level for the position Nurse in order to make a comparison.

Level 1: Bachelor's Degree

Employees at this education level have an average salary of 22,500 DKK.

Level 2: Master's Degree

At this level, the average salary becomes 39,800 DKK, 77% more than the previous level.

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Denmark costs anywhere from 204,000 DKK to 612,000 DKK and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch to a higher-paying job. The numbers seem to support the theory. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Nurse / Denmark

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? For the people who work as Nurse in Denmark, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 4%.

31,100 DKK
32,500 DKK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Denmark for all Careers

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Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage / Nurse / Denmark

How much are annual salary increments in Denmark for individuals working as Nurse? How often do employees get salary raises?

Individuals working as Nurse in Denmark are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Denmark / All Professions

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The term Annual Salary Increase usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rare that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one-year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 / Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Denmark is 7%.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Bonus and Incentive Rates / Nurse / Denmark

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Denmark Nurse
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70% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 30% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus, where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Average Hourly Wage / Nurse / Denmark

180 DKK per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) for individuals working as Nurse in Denmark is 180 DKK.This is the rate they get paid for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary / ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

About The Hourly Pay Rate

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually, jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fixed amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for people working as Nurse in Denmark is 94 DKK. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Health and Medical-100%
Acute Care Nurse36,200 DKK+14%
Adult Nurse32,600 DKK+2%
Assistant Director of Nursing56,300 DKK+77%
Case Manager44,100 DKK+39%
Certified Nursing Assistant CNA28,000 DKK-12%
Company Nurse27,000 DKK-15%
Critical Care Nurse33,800 DKK+6%
District Nurse33,300 DKK+5%
Head Nurse38,900 DKK+22%
Home Nurse30,100 DKK-5%
ICU Registered Nurse33,600 DKK+6%
Informatics Nurse Specialist35,500 DKK+12%
Intensive Care Registered Nurse34,100 DKK+7%
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)33,000 DKK+4%
Licensed Vocational Nurse LVN31,700 DKK-0%
MDS Coordinator35,400 DKK+11%
Mental Health Nurse32,000 DKK+1%
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner47,300 DKK+49%
Nurse31,800 DKK-0%
Nurse Anesthetist34,200 DKK+7%
Nurse Manager64,800 DKK+100%
Nurse Midwife36,700 DKK+15%
Nurse Practitioner40,400 DKK+27%
Nursing Assistant28,300 DKK-11%
Nursing Coordinator35,400 DKK+11%
Nursing Director75,800 DKK+140%
Nursing Services Instructor34,800 DKK+9%
Nursing Supervisor49,200 DKK+55%
Occupational Health Advisor62,600 DKK+97%
Occupational Therapist52,500 DKK+65%
Perioperative Nurse30,000 DKK-6%
Personal Support Worker25,800 DKK-19%
Psychiatric Nurse31,400 DKK-1%
Registered Nurse33,200 DKK+4%
Respiratory Manager59,600 DKK+87%
School Nurse28,300 DKK-11%
Staff Nurse32,500 DKK+2%
Telehealth Nurse29,000 DKK-9%
Theatre Manager55,600 DKK+75%
Utilization Review Nurse33,700 DKK+6%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Copenhagen34,300 DKK

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working in a private company or the government? The difference between the public or government sector salaries and the private sector salaries in Denmark is 6% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
39,700 DKK
Public Sector+6%
42,000 DKK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary for the job title Nurse in Denmark?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 29,200 DKK and 33,200 DKK. This is a very rough estimate. Experience and education play a very huge part in the final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for a careers like Nurse in Denmark ranges from 16,200 DKK to 24,100 DKK. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range with a grain of salt.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people earn more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

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