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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 amongst 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$64,430
25th Percentile Wage
$80,210
50th Percentile Wage
$100,730
75th Percentile Wage
$125,430
90th Percentile Wage
$151,210

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 $151,210. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $100,730. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $64,430.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of registered nurses from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$100,730
0.27% 9.39%
2016
$100,460
0.06% -
2015
$100,400
3.91% -
2014
$96,470
2.24% -
2013
$94,310
3.22% -
2012
$91,270
- -

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 $78,460 to $144,830. The highest paying area for registered nurses in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $144,830. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (mean annual salary $139,010). The lowest paying area is Hanford-Corcoran with a median annual salary of $78,460.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$144,830
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$139,010
Salinas
$134,300
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$133,670
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$129,270
Vallejo-Fairfield
$121,930
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$120,510
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$117,550
Napa
$115,380
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$112,730
Stockton
$111,300
Modesto
$104,600
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$104,360
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$103,350
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$100,200
Merced
$98,780
Redding
$97,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$95,960
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$95,100
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$94,180
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$93,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$93,590
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$92,880
Bakersfield-Delano
$90,870
Fresno
$90,770
Yuba City
$90,280
El Centro
$88,660
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$88,310
Visalia-Porterville
$87,820
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$87,600
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$85,660
Chico
$84,550
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$80,240
Hanford-Corcoran
$78,460




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