So how much does a Registered Nurse make, what is the average RN salary, the highest paid cities, states and industries? Below you will find all of the answers laid out clearly in easy to read tables and charts. Finding all of the relevant figures can be a bit of a task – so I have put everything in one place.
You can also check out the Nurse Salary by State page for a deeper look at Registered Nursing salaries in each individual state in the U.S. – it breaks the information down into Metropolitan and Non-Metropolitan areas and employment by industry. Easily find the important details for Your town, city and state.
The U.S. Average Registered Nurse RN Salary is $67,930
In the United States the average annual salary for a Registered Nurse is currently $67,930 which breaks down as an average of $32.66 per hour, $1,306 per week and a monthly salary of $5,660.
Have a look at how this compares to the national average wage figures.
|Hourly Wage||Weekly Wage||Monthly Salary||Annual Salary|
|Registered Nurse RN Average Salary||$32.66||$1,306||$5,660||$67,930|
|U.S. National Average Salary||$22.01||$880||$3,815||$45,790|
Obviously not all RN’s earn the same. Wage levels vary quite a bit depending on experience, years in the job, level of training , industry and location etc. The table below will give you an idea of the range to expect. The figures show the average wage earned by the top earning 10% and the lowest paid 10% of registered nurses. It is a useful way to see the potential earnings overall.
California comes out as the highest paying state for a Registered Nurse with an average annual salary of $94,120 – closely followed by Hawaii and Massachusetts. Iowa is the lowest paid state on mainland U.S.A. with an average RN salary of $52,540 – not so great if you live there! The large variation can in part be explained by simple supply and demand influences.
You can click on the map to find Registered Nurse salary information in all states – here you can select your own state and see all the relevant data – highest paying areas, employment figures and more.
|State||Hourly Wage||Monthly Salary||Annual Salary|
Highest Paying Cities or Metropolitan Areas for RN
California’s metropolitan areas are topping the tables again here. San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco and Sacramento are amongst the highest paying cities for Registered nurses in the country – well above the average salary rates nationwide.
|Metropolitan Area||Hourly Wage||Weekly Wage||Monthly Salary||Annual Salary|
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara CA||$59.13||$2,365||$10,249||$122,990|
|San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont CA||$53.91||$2,157||$9,345||$112,140|
|San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City CA||$53.19||$2,128||$9,219||$110,630|
Highest Paid Non-Metropolitan Areas – Registered Nurse
|Non Metropolitan Area||Hourly Wage||Weekly Wage||Monthly Salary||Annual Salary|
|Mother Lode Region of California||$44.16||$1,766||$7,654||$91,850|
|Eastern Sierra Region of California||$42.41||$1,696||$7,351||$88,210|
|Northern Mountains Region of California||$41.28||$1,651||$7,156||$85,870|
|Railbelt / Southwest Alaska||$36.73||$1,469||$6,366||$76,390|
Number of Registered Nurses Employed in the United States
The total employed figures across all states stands at 2,633,980. The chart below shows the top 10 states by total number of RN’s employed.
Highest Paying Industries for Registered Nurse
RN’s can find employment across a fairly wide range of industries – not just in hospitals. Have a look at the top paying industries below.
|Industry||Hourly Wage||Annual Salary|
|Federal government including USPS||$38.10||$79,240|
|Colleges universities and professional schools - State owned||$37.23||$77,430|
|Educational Services - State owned||$37.04||$77,040|
|Specialty hospitals - State owned||$36.85||$76,650|
|Colleges Universities and Professional Schools||$35.84||$74,540|
|Personal Care Services||$35.39||$73,620|
|Specialty hospitals - Privately owned||$35.28||$73,380|
|Office Administrative Services||$34.26||$71,260|
|Research and Development in Social Sciences||$34.24||$71,210|
|Outpatient Care Centers||$34.23||$71,200|
The career outlook for Registered Nurses is very strong with expected growth of 19% (all careers growth is estimated at 11%) between 2012 – 2022. According to projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics by 2022 there will be an increase in the number of Registered nurses of 526,800 – yes, over half a million! That’s a lot of new nursing jobs for the near future – definitely a career with good prospects.