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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 $144,830, San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California is the highest paying city for registered nurses. It is followed by San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California (average annual salary $139,010). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [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
$144,830
14,170
2 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
$139,010
15,990
3 Salinas, California
$134,300
2,470
4 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California
$133,670
1,520
5 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$129,270
35,480
6 Vallejo-Fairfield, California
$121,930
3,170
7 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$120,510
18,240
8 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California
$117,550
19,550
9 Napa, California
$115,380
1,430
10 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, California
$112,730
3,170
11 Stockton, California
$111,300
4,270
12 Urban Honolulu, USA
$104,920
8,480
13 Modesto, California
$104,600
4,140
14 Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area, California
$104,360
730
15 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, California
$103,350
1,790
16 North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area, California
$100,200
290
17 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, USA
$99,040
3,050
18 San Rafael, USA
$98,960
1,760
19 Merced, California
$98,780
860
20 Redding, California
$97,970
1,720
21 Hawaii-Maui-Kauai nonmetropolitan area, Hawaii
$96,030
1,610
22 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$95,960
79,420
23 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
$95,100
27,720
24 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
$94,180
23,100
25 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, USA
$94,170
102,330
26 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$93,760
43,150
27 Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area, California
$93,650
190
28 Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, USA
$93,640
710
29 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$93,590
88,420
30 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California
$92,880
2,570
31 Honolulu, Hawaii
$92,790
8,200
32 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Washington
$92,010
22,500
33 Bend, Oregon
$91,600
1,750
34 New York-Jersey City-White Plains, USA
$91,260
122,780
35 Danbury, Connecticut
$91,210
1,480
36 Bakersfield-Delano, California
$90,870
5,340
37 Fresno, California
$90,770
7,560
38 Railbelt-Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area, Alaska
$90,650
760
39 Yuba City, California
$90,280
890
40 Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area, Oregon
$90,260
630
41 North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area, Massachusetts
$90,080
60
42 Nassau-Suffolk, New York
$90,060
28,600
43 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$90,050
176,770
44 Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area, Alaska
$89,770
460
45 Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, USA
$88,820
22,920
46 El Centro, California
$88,660
880
47 Corvallis, Oregon
$88,530
840
48 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California
$88,310
18,280
49 Eugene-Springfield, Oregon
$88,250
2,900
50 Visalia-Porterville, California
$87,820
2,230
51 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$87,710
60,260
52 Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area, California
$87,600
1,040
53 Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada
$87,410
15,620
54 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$85,790
98,330
55 North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area, California
$85,660
2,360
56 Anchorage, Alaska
$85,370
3,650
57 Salem, Oregon
$84,830
3,190
58 Chico, California
$84,550
2,360
59 Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, New Hampshire
$84,340
1,040
60 Newark-Union, Pennsylvania
$83,950
22,350
61 Medford, Oregon
$83,600
2,000
62 Tacoma, Washington
$82,800
7,790
63 Fairbanks, Alaska
$82,740
690
64 Pittsfield, Massachusetts
$82,660
1,240
65 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$82,530
39,290
66 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$82,400
30,900
67 New Haven, Connecticut
$82,200
8,050
68 Southern Oregon and Linn County nonmetropolitan area, Oregon
$81,750
1,300
69 Carson City, Nevada
$81,470
800
70 Norwich-New London, Rhode Island
$80,890
2,360
71 Grants Pass, USA
$80,840
430
72 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$80,780
32,660
73 Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area, Washington
$80,740
1,130
74 Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
$80,630
2,730
75 Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area, Massachusetts
$80,500
540
76 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
$80,240
4,440
77 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$80,040
24,870
78 Worcester, Massachusetts
$79,980
7,070
79 Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, New Hampshire
$79,660
2,460
80 Peabody, Massachusetts
$79,620
2,620
81 Dutchess County-Putnam County, USA
$79,030
3,030
82 Rochester, Minnesota
$78,980
7,640
83 North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area, Oregon
$78,970
1,020
84 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Connecticut
$78,950
12,310
85 Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, New Hampshire
$78,670
2,740
86 Waterbury, Connecticut
$78,470
1,590
87 Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey
$78,470
3,120
88 Hanford-Corcoran, California
$78,460
940
89 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$78,380
32,890
90 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
$78,360
7,380
91 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$78,310
42,210
92 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$78,230
51,610
93 Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, USA
$78,020
9,320
94 Reno-Sparks, Nevada
$78,000
3,910
95 Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, New Jersey
$77,700
1,600
96 Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey
$77,470
19,440
97 Bremerton-Silverdale, Washington
$76,930
1,570
98 Madison, Wisconsin
$76,910
7,570
99 Springfield, Massachusetts
$76,810
7,500
100 Bellingham, Washington
$76,680
1,270
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