Friday, February 5, 2021

20 Best Metropolitan Areas for Registered Nurse Pay

In a November commentary we reviewed Registered Nurse Pay in the Top 20 Metropolitan Areas.  Without a doubt, U.S. metro areas with the largest populations employ far more registered nurses than do smaller metropolitan markets. That said, RNs employed in smaller markets often times enjoy better compensation levels than do their bigger market peers. This fact is readily seen May 2019 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which reveals that only four of the 20 largest metro markets in the nation were among the 20 best metropolitan areas for registered nurse pay:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 16,650 $140,740
2 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (#) 38,580 $138,000
3 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 1,410 $134,000
4 Salinas, CA 2,740 $133,580
5 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 3,720 $131,970
6 Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade 19,860 $126,560
7 Yuba City, CA 920 $119,260
8 Modesto, CA 4,880 $112,790
9 Stockton-Lodi, CA 4,470 $110,220
10 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 3,180 $108,940
11 Hanford-Corcoran, CA N/A $107,020
12 Urban Honolulu, HI 8,840 $106,550
13 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim (#) 111,780 $106,190
14 Redding, CA 1,500 $106,010
15 Fresno, CA 7,640 $105,880
16 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario(#) 29,780 $105,570
17 San Diego-Carlsbad (#) 25,260 $104,860
18 Napa, CA 1,890 $104,660
19 Santa Rosa, CA 3,230 $103,670
20 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 1,810 $102,560
National 2,982,280 $77,460

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

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