Thursday, July 1, 2021

Registered Nurse Pay in the Southeastern U.S.

Recently released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that there were over 2,986,000 registered nurses (RNs) employed in the U.S. as of May 2020.  More than 736,000 of those RN jobs were in the twelve-state Southeast region of the country.  BLS data reveals the Southeast as a generally weak region for registered nurse pay.  The average annual mean wage for registered nurses in  every state in the region falls below the national average, and six-states in the region rank among the bottom ten states in the nation for RN annual mean wages.  BLS data from May 2020 reveals the following about registered nurse pay in the Southeastern U.S.:

Registered Nurse Pay in the Southeastern U.S.
Registered Nurse Pay in the Southeastern U.S.

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AL 48,850 $60,230 51st
AR 25,300 $63,640 47th
FL 183,130 $69,510 35th
GA 73,230 $71,510 29th
KY 42,940 $64,730 44th
LA 41,690 $68,010 38th
MS 28,800 $61,250 49th
NC 99,110 $68,950 37th
SC 45,930 $67,140 40th
TN 61,040 $64,120 46th
VA 66,450 $74,380 22nd
WV 19,800 $65,130 43rd
U.S. 2,986,500 $80,010 -------

(*) annual mean wage ranking among the 50 states and the District of Columbia

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on May 5, 2021

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