Thursday, March 3, 2022

Registered Nurse Pay in the Far Western U.S.

The latest occupational employment data released data by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that over 2,986,000 registered nurses (RNs) were working in the U.S. as of May 2020.  More than 444,000 of those RN jobs were in the six-state Far Western region of the country.  BLS data reveals the Far West as the best region in the nation for registered nurse pay.  Not only was the average annual mean wage for registered nurses in every state in the region above the national average, but all six-states in the region ranked among the top ten states in the nation for RN annual mean wages.  Further examination of May 2020 BLS data reveals the following about registered nurse pay in the Far Western U.S.:

Registered Nurse Pay in the Far Western U.S.
Registered Nurse Pay in the Far Western U.S.

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AK 6,240 $95,270 5th
CA 307,060 $120,560 1st
HI 11,260 $104,830 2nd
NV 23,420 $89,750 9th
OR 36,840 $96,230 4th
WA 59,300 $91,310 6th
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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