Where Nurse Salaries are Highest (& Lowest)


According to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, on average, Registered Nurses in California earn the highest annual salary of RNs in the U.S., clocking in at $106,260 per year, an increase of $5,000 over 2017’s average salary of $101,260. Hawaii came in second place with an average annual salary of $98,080, a nearly $6,000 lead over third place’s Washington, D.C., which offers an average salary of $92,350 for RNs.

See how the other 47 states stack up below, ranked in order from highest to lowest annual wage, as well as how many RNs are employed in each state.

  1. California
    Amount of Employed RNs: 294,510
    Average Annual Salary: $106,950
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  2. Hawaii
    Amount of Employed RNs: 11,310
    Average Annual Salary: $98,080
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  3. Washington, D.C.
    Amount of Employed RNs: 11,110
    Average Annual Salary: $92,350
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  4. Massachusetts
    Amount of Employed RNs: 80,630
    Average Annual Salary: $92,140
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  5. Oregon
    Amount of Employed RNs: 36,020
    Average Annual Salary: $91,080
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  6. Alaska
    Amount of Employed RNs: 5,730
    Average Annual Salary: $89,310
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  7. Nevada
    Amount of Employed RNs: 22,560
    Average Annual Salary: $85,620
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  8. New York
    Amount of Employed RNs: 182,490
    Average Annual Salary: $85,610
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  9. New Jersey
    Amount of Employed RNs: 79,530
    Average Annual Salary: $82,750
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  10. Washington
    Amount of Employed RNs: 56,290
    Average Annual Salary: $82,670
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  11. Connecticut
    Amount of Employed RNs: 31,400
    Average Annual Salary: $81,220
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  12. Minnesota
    Amount of Employed RNs: 69,000
    Average Annual Salary: $78,920
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  13. Rhode Island
    Amount of Employed RNs: 12,630
    Average Annual Salary: $78,420
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  14. Arizona
    Amount of Employed RNs: 54,690
    Average Annual Salary: $77,000
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  15. Maryland
    Amount of Employed RNs: 54,080
    Average Annual Salary: $76,820
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  16. Delaware
    Amount of Employed RNs: 11,840
    Average Annual Salary: $74,800
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  17. Colorado
    Amount of Employed RNs: 51,760
    Average Annual Salary: $74,240
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  18. Illinois
    Amount of Employed RNs: 129,400
    Average Annual Salary: $73,890
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  19. Texas
    Amount of Employed RNs: 210,350
    Average Annual Salary: $72,890
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  20. New Hampshire
    Amount of Employed RNs: 13,630
    Average Annual Salary: $72,760
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  21. New Mexico
    Amount of Employed RNs: 16,730
    Average Annual Salary: $71,730
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  22. Wisconsin
    Amount of Employed RNs: 59,030
    Average Annual Salary: $71,470
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  23. Michigan
    Amount of Employed RNs: 96,680
    Average Annual Salary: $71,330
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  24. Pennsylvania
    Amount of Employed RNs: 148,520
    Average Annual Salary: $70,390
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  25. Virginia
    Amount of Employed RNs: 64,750
    Average Annual Salary: $69,790
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  26. Vermont
    Amount of Employed RNs: 6,460
    Average Annual Salary: $69,160
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  27. Georgia
    Amount of Employed RNs: 76,640
    Average Annual Salary: $68,950
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  28. Maine
    Amount of Employed RNs: 14,460
    Average Annual Salary: $67,610
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  29. Montana
    Amount of Employed RNs: 10,100
    Average Annual Salary: $67,450
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  30. Wyoming
    Amount of Employed RNs: 5,010
    Average Annual Salary: $67,360
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  31. Idaho
    Amount of Employed RNs: 13,790
    Average Annual Salary: $67,110
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  32. Ohio
    Amount of Employed RNs: 125,380
    Average Annual Salary: $66,820
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  33. Florida
    Amount of Employed RNs: 177,600
    Average Annual Salary: $66,210
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  34. North Dakota
    Amount of Employed RNs: 8,770
    Average Annual Salary: $65,740
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  35. Utah
    Amount of Employed RNs: 21,700
    Average Annual Salary: $65,670
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  36. Missouri
    Amount of Employed RNs: 71,770
    Average Annual Salary: $65,130
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  37. South Carolina
    Amount of Employed RNs: 44,350
    Average Annual Salary: $64,940
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  38. Indiana
    Amount of Employed RNs: 67,870
    Average Annual Salary: $64,860
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  39. North Carolina
    Amount of Employed RNs: 102,500
    Average Annual Salary: $64,850
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  40. Nebraska
    Amount of Employed RNs: 22,970
    Average Annual Salary: $64,470
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  41. Louisiana
    Amount of Employed RNs: 43,110
    Average Annual Salary: $63,970
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  42. Kentucky
    Amount of Employed RNs: 46,130
    Average Annual Salary: $63,100
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  43. Oklahoma
    Amount of Employed RNs: 29,330
    Average Annual Salary: $63,080
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  44. West Virginia
    Amount of Employed RNs: 19,930
    Average Annual Salary: $61,780
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  45. Tennessee
    Amount of Employed RNs: 60,360
    Average Annual Salary: $61,320
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  46. Kansas
    Amount of Employed RNs: 27,810
    Average Annual Salary: $61,030
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  47. Arkansas
    Amount of Employed RNs: 25,380
    Average Annual Salary: $60,780
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  48. Alabama
    Amount of Employed RNs: 49,490
    Average Annual Salary: $59,470
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  49. Iowa
    Amount of Employed RNs: 33,770
    Average Annual Salary: $59,130
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  50. Mississippi
    Amount of Employed RNs: 29,860
    Average Annual Salary: $58,490
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  51. South Dakota
    Amount of Employed RNs: 12,760
    Average Annual Salary: $58,340
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Disclaimer: The viewpoint expressed in this article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the viewpoint of the owners or employees at Healthcare Staffing Innovations, LLC.

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