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Registered Nurse Salary

Registered Nurse Salary By Percentile
Percentile 10% 25% 50% 75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.65 $25.80 $31.48 $37.84 $45.54
Annual Wage $45,000 $53,700 $65,500 $78,700 $94,700

How much do registered nurses make? Registered nurses are trained to provide medical care to patients. They are also charged with educating patients about different health conditions and follow-up care. Registered nurses generally have a bachelor’s degree in nursing and must be licensed in the state where they practice. A breakdown of the full process of becoming a Registered Nurse can be found here.

Registered Nurse Salary

According to figures from the U.S. Department of Labor, the lowest 10% of registered nurses earn under $ 45,040 per year, whereas the top 10% earn over $94,720 per year. The median annual income, which is defined as that amount where half the registered nurses earned less than this figure and half earned more, is $65,470.

Variables Impacting RN Salary

There are many variables that impact salary earnings. Here are a few considerations for someone interested in becoming a registered nurse to keep in mind.

  • Full vs. Part Time Employment

Since medical care is required by patients at any time of the day or night, registered nurses have a variety of employment options available to them. Some nurses consolidate their work into three 12-hour shifts per week, while others may work Monday through Friday for eight hours per day. Nurses are often given the opportunity to work overtime.

  • Educational Background

Registered nurses who enter the field after completing an associate’s degree in nursing or by receiving their diploma from an approved nursing program generally earn less than a nurse holding a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

  • Specialties

Registered nurses holding additional certification or training in a specialty area may increase their opportunity to earn a higher salary.

  • Geographic Area of Practice

The geographic area of practice can impact the salary earned by registered nurses. States with the highest salaries include California, Hawaii and Oregon. The lowest paid nurses are generally employed in the southern United States.

Employment Opportunities

Registered nurses may work in hospitals, physicians’ offices or nursing homes. They may work in urgent care centers, public schools and even major corporate business locations. The range of employment opportunities for registered nurses allows nurses to seek employment in settings that suit their area of practice.

Job Outlook

The job outlook for registered nurses is very good, as job opportunities are expected to increase by 19% between 2012 and 2022.

Salary Data

Top Paying Industries

Industry Employment % of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean salary
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 50 0.06 $41.72 $86,780
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 69,810 3.48 $38.07 $79,190
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds 80 0.92 $37.79 $78,600
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 180 0.04 $35.67 $74,200
Outpatient Care Centers 102,410 15.24 $35.62 $74,100

Salary By State

State 10% 25% Median 75% 90% Jobs (2010) Jobs (2020) Outlook
Alabama $40,400 $45,700 $54,100 $63,400 $73,300 42,890 55,050 +28%
Alaska $60,300 $68,400 $80,600 $92,500 $106,000 4,860 6,210 +28%
Arizona $52,000 $60,900 $71,200 $83,600 $92,800 45,080 59,020 +31%
Arkansas $39,700 $45,300 $54,400 $64,700 $74,200 24,160 26,490 +10%
California $63,500 $74,500 $91,300 $113,800 $136,400 251,800 306,100 +22%
Colorado $49,800 $56,400 $67,000 $79,100 $91,100 42,910 58,840 +37%
Connecticut $54,600 $64,600 $74,600 $88,200 $97,900 37,370 44,510 +19%
Delaware $52,200 $61,200 $69,900 $80,600 $92,500 10,430 12,930 +24%
District of Columbia $53,800 $65,300 $75,500 $88,700 $98,400 10,080 12,150 +21%
Florida $44,600 $51,800 $60,100 $71,000 $81,200 165,400 202,190 +22%
Georgia $43,100 $51,400 $61,200 $70,700 $77,200 69,190 90,020 +30%
Hawaii $58,400 $69,400 $85,200 $103,300 $114,600 10,450 12,640 +21%
Idaho $42,400 $50,300 $58,300 $68,800 $76,600 11,530 16,190 +40%
Illinois $44,600 $53,600 $65,200 $76,900 $90,900 124,100 140,750 +13%
Iowa $38,800 $43,600 $51,700 $60,400 $70,900 32,460 40,110 +24%
Kansas $40,600 $46,300 $55,400 $65,600 $73,600 29,480 36,960 +25%
Kentucky $42,100 $48,300 $56,600 $66,700 $74,600 47,450 59,370 +25%
Louisiana $42,900 $50,400 $59,800 $71,100 $82,700 42,440 52,020 +23%
Maine $45,000 $52,000 $59,800 $69,800 $76,800 15,340 18,360 +20%
Maryland $51,000 $59,000 $70,300 $83,700 $93,700 49,340 62,420 +27%
Massachusetts $53,400 $64,500 $79,500 $100,400 $124,900 87,520 110,100 +26%
Michigan $48,600 $54,600 $63,800 $72,600 $82,700 87,170 104,000 +19%
Minnesota $49,800 $58,300 $70,600 $83,900 $93,400 57,080 69,660 +22%
Mississippi $40,100 $45,800 $55,200 $67,300 $80,800 20,090 23,600 +17%
Missouri $39,700 $45,300 $55,500 $67,900 $77,300 67,850 80,040 +18%
Montana $45,400 $51,300 $58,200 $68,600 $77,500 8,700 12,060 +39%
Nebraska $41,100 $46,400 $55,200 $65,900 $74,900 22,000 24,690 +12%
Nevada $57,900 $66,600 $77,600 $89,900 $101,000 17,410 20,370 +17%
New Hampshire $45,500 $52,800 $62,200 $75,000 $88,000 13,960 17,060 +22%
New Jersey $56,400 $65,500 $75,900 $87,800 $95,100 81,590 90,640 +11%
New Mexico $49,300 $55,700 $66,000 $76,200 $89,700 15,150 19,070 +26%
New York $49,900 $60,400 $73,100 $88,600 $103,100 178,470 203,360 +14%
North Carolina $42,300 $49,100 $58,000 $68,600 $75,800 92,540 109,790 +19%
North Dakota $40,800 $46,200 $53,300 $60,000 $70,000 7,140 8,700 +22%
Ohio $46,200 $52,300 $60,000 $70,000 $77,000 126,130 152,380 +21%
Oklahoma $39,900 $46,300 $55,700 $65,900 $74,000 29,480 38,140 +29%
Oregon $57,000 $66,600 $78,800 $90,300 $100,800 31,300 39,400 0%
Pennsylvania $45,500 $53,300 $63,600 $74,700 $88,900 136,470 159,610 +17%
Rhode Island $52,800 $61,800 $72,900 $85,800 $94,100 12,960 15,000 +16%
South Carolina $40,200 $48,200 $57,700 $68,700 $76,000 42,330 53,180 +26%
South Dakota $39,800 $43,400 $50,400 $61,100 $71,700 6,400 7,920 +24%
Tennessee $41,000 $47,300 $55,100 $64,100 $73,000 56,290 69,010 +23%
Texas $46,800 $54,600 $65,700 $76,900 $90,400 184,700 245,870 +33%
Utah $44,800 $51,300 $58,700 $68,700 $75,600 19,850 26,380 +33%
Vermont $44,800 $52,100 $61,100 $73,900 $87,400 6,470 7,360 +14%
Virginia $42,700 $51,000 $62,600 $74,000 $87,300 63,120 77,860 +23%
Washington $51,800 $61,900 $74,300 $89,000 $103,200 55,400 67,520 +22%
West Virginia $37,400 $43,800 $53,100 $63,100 $74,500 19,260 23,720 +23%
Wisconsin $49,100 $54,200 $63,000 $73,000 $84,800 57,760 71,540 +24%
Wyoming $45,000 $52,000 $59,600 $70,200 $78,100 5,130 6,460 +26%


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