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Registered Nurses Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for registered nurses in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of registered nurses among California areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Registered Nurses in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$63,450
25th Percentile Wage
$78,810
50th Percentile Wage
$100,460
75th Percentile Wage
$124,620
90th Percentile Wage
$149,440

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for registered nurses in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $149,440. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $100,460. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $63,450.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30.51
25th Percentile Wage
$37.89
50th Percentile Wage
$48.30
75th Percentile Wage
$59.91
90th Percentile Wage
$71.84

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for registered nurses in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $71.84. The median hourly salary is $48.30. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30.51.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of registered nurses from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016100,4600.06%9.15%
2015100,4003.91%-
201496,4702.24%-
201394,3103.22%-
201291,270--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Registered Nurses in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of registered nurses in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of registered nurses in state of California ranges from $65,140 to $142,190. The highest paying area for registered nurses in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $142,190. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Santa Cruz-Watsonville (mean annual salary $139,740). The lowest paying area is Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $65,140.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$142,190
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$139,740
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$130,330
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$130,240
Vallejo-Fairfield
$124,340
Salinas
$120,860
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$119,710
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$118,560
Napa
$112,580
Modesto
$107,940
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$106,080
Stockton
$105,840
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$101,330
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$100,200
Merced
$99,860
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$98,680
Redding
$97,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$95,900
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$94,640
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$94,350
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$93,590
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$92,880
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$91,170
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$90,830
Yuba City
$90,280
Chico
$88,830
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$88,310
Bakersfield-Delano
$87,800
Fresno
$87,750
El Centro
$81,070
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$79,230
Visalia-Porterville
$76,970
Hanford-Corcoran
$75,730
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$65,140


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