Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Best and Worst States for Registered Nurse Pay

There were approximately 2,982,000 registered nurses (RNs) working in the U.S. as of May 2019 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  RNs work in varied healthcare settings, including hospitals, physician offices, home health care agencies, skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient care centers. Like many other healthcare professionals with advanced training and skills, registered nurses usually earn higher salaries and wages than workers in most other occupations.  Per BLS estimates, as of May 2019, the national mean wage for registered nurses was $77,460 per year, in comparison to the $53,490 annual mean wage for all occupations in the U.S.  While RNs realize better than average pay, there is much variation from state-to-state in how much registered nurses earn.  Per BLS data, as of May 2019 these were the ten states where RNs attain the highest average pay:

California $113,240
Hawaii $104,060
Massachusetts $93,160
Oregon $92,960
Alaska $90,500
Nevada $88,380
New York $87,840
Washington $86,170
New Jersey $84,280
Connecticut $83,440

At the other end of the table, here were the bottom ten states for RN pay:

Missouri $64,160
Kentucky $63,750
West Virginia $63,220
Tennessee $62,570
Kansas $62,450
Arkansas $61,330
Iowa $60,590
Alabama $60,230
Mississippi $59,750
South Dakota $59,540

So where does your state rank for registered nurse pay?

Visit Registered Nurse Average Wages by State for more information.