Friday, November 20, 2020

Registered Nurse Pay in the Top 20 Metropolitan Areas

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).  About 57% of registered nurses work in hospitals, with smaller numbers employed in physician offices, home health care agencies, skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient care centers. Like many other healthcare professionals with advanced education and skills, RNs usually earn higher salaries 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 registered nurses earn better than average pay, there is much variation from region-to-region in how much registered nurses earn.  This variation is readily evident from BLS data of May 2019, which shows the following about RN pay in the top 20 metropolitan areas:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 New York-Newark-Jersey City 174,210 $93,280
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 111,780 $106,190
3 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin 97,030 $77,430
4 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 60,620 $76,740
5 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 54,780 $81,350
6 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria 43,450 $83,370
7 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach 54,020 $69,920
8 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington 71,120 $77,640
9 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta 40,830 $73,610
10 Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler 38,370 $79,200
11 Boston-Cambridge-Newton 58,690 $96,510
12 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley 38,580 $138,000
13 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 29,780 $105,570
14 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn 41,400 $75,810
15 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 33,180 $90,730
16 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington 41,640 $84,400
17 San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad 25,260 $104,860
18 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 30,390 $69,440
19 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood 29,710 $77,770
20 St. Louis 33,100 $65,990
National 2,982,280 $77,460

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on November 13, 2020