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Highest Paying Cities for Registered Nurses

The top 100 highest paying cities for registered nurses (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of registered nurses in those cities are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with a annual salary of $142,190, San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California is the highest paying city for registered nurses. It is followed by Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California (average annual salary $139,740). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1]. For more salary information of registered nurses in a specific city, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Cities/Areas for Registered Nurses

Rank City/Area Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$142,190
14,940
2 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California
$139,740
1,520
3 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$130,330
36,350
4 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
$130,240
15,390
5 Vallejo-Fairfield, California
$124,340
2,860
6 Salinas, California
$120,860
2,380
7 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California
$119,710
19,610
8 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$118,560
18,870
9 Napa, California
$112,580
1,460
10 Modesto, California
$107,940
4,030
11 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, California
$106,080
3,470
12 Stockton, California
$105,840
4,280
13 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, California
$101,330
1,810
14 North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area, California
$100,200
290
15 Merced, California
$99,860
840
16 Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area, California
$98,680
780
17 Redding, California
$97,030
1,760
18 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$95,900
75,160
19 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
$94,640
4,470
20 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
$94,350
27,090
21 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$94,220
44,890
22 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$93,590
88,420
23 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California
$92,880
2,570
24 Honolulu, Hawaii
$92,790
8,200
25 Hawaii-Maui-Kauai nonmetropolitan area, Hawaii
$91,250
1,630
26 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
$91,170
23,340
27 Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area, California
$90,830
190
28 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Washington
$90,370
22,690
29 Yuba City, California
$90,280
890
30 Danbury, Connecticut
$90,090
1,460
31 North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area, Massachusetts
$89,910
60
32 Chico, California
$88,830
2,360
33 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California
$88,310
18,280
34 Nassau-Suffolk, New York
$88,200
27,580
35 Bakersfield-Delano, California
$87,800
4,800
36 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$87,790
62,040
37 Fresno, California
$87,750
6,940
38 Railbelt-Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area, Alaska
$87,430
750
39 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$87,410
176,440
40 Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area, Oregon
$87,120
640
41 Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area, Alaska
$86,870
520
42 Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada
$86,580
14,960
43 Eugene-Springfield, Oregon
$85,890
2,830
44 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$85,790
98,330
45 Anchorage, Alaska
$85,380
3,610
46 Nantucket Island and Marthas Vineyard nonmetropolitan area, Massachusetts
$84,230
300
47 Corvallis, Oregon
$84,000
830
48 Olympia, Washington
$83,530
1,830
49 Medford, Oregon
$83,100
1,960
50 St Cloud, Minnesota
$82,840
2,370
51 Salem, Oregon
$82,440
3,330
52 Newark-Union, Pennsylvania
$82,220
22,030
53 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$82,120
26,120
54 Peabody, Massachusetts
$81,930
2,510
55 New Haven, Connecticut
$81,340
7,730
56 Fairbanks, Alaska
$81,240
690
57 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$81,200
32,620
58 El Centro, California
$81,070
760
59 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$81,030
28,870
60 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$80,610
36,540
61 North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area, Oregon
$80,070
940
62 North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area, California
$79,230
2,100
63 Taunton-Norton-Raynham, Massachusetts
$79,050
730
64 Southern Oregon and Linn County nonmetropolitan area, Oregon
$78,860
1,280
65 Spokane, Washington
$78,730
5,700
66 Carson City, Nevada
$78,550
700
67 Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
$78,390
3,020
68 Tacoma, Washington
$78,350
6,500
69 Camden, New Jersey
$78,320
12,520
70 Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area, Massachusetts
$77,930
550
71 Pittsfield, Massachusetts
$77,930
1,320
72 Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, New Hampshire
$77,770
930
73 Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey
$77,470
19,440
74 Worcester, Massachusetts
$77,360
7,420
75 Reno-Sparks, Nevada
$77,290
3,800
76 Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey
$77,230
2,990
77 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Connecticut
$77,220
11,710
78 Waterbury, Connecticut
$77,140
1,560
79 Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, New Hampshire
$77,010
2,880
80 Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, Massachusetts
$76,970
1,990
81 Visalia-Porterville, California
$76,970
1,990
82 Bellingham, Washington
$76,680
1,270
83 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$76,460
50,780
84 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
$76,430
6,770
85 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$76,370
70,830
86 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$76,300
41,100
87 Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, Massachusetts
$76,070
1,230
88 Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, New Hampshire
$76,000
2,720
89 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$75,950
31,880
90 Hanford-Corcoran, California
$75,730
910
91 Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area, Washington
$75,630
1,140
92 Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland
$75,580
8,040
93 Norwich-New London, Rhode Island
$75,350
2,140
94 Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area, Washington
$74,840
920
95 Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, Washington
$74,800
1,110
96 Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area, Oregon
$74,660
1,100
97 Northcentral Colorado nonmetropolitan area, Colorado
$74,520
1,630
98 Madison, Wisconsin
$74,480
7,260
99 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$74,430
73,820
100 Providence-Fall River-Warwick, Rhode Island
$74,370
14,570
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