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Highest Paying Industries for Registered Nurses

The top 100 highest paying industries 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 in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $92,630, colleges, universities, and professional schools - local government owned is the highest paying industry for registered nurses. It is followed by wholesale electronic markets and agents and brokers industry (average annual salary $83,910). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of registered nurses in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Registered Nurses

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Local government owned
$92,630
2,320
2 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$83,910
n/a
3 Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds
$83,140
50
4 Funds, Trusts, and Other Financial Vehicles
$81,010
60
5 Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$79,140
4,620
6 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$78,830
360
7 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$77,730
71,880
8 Federal government, including USPS
$77,660
72,000
9 Oil and Gas Extraction
$76,080
50
10 Mining
$73,930
60
11 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$73,360
160
12 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$71,990
11,090
13 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$71,670
330
14 Scientific Research and Development Services
$71,590
2,370
15 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$71,480
350
16 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$71,440
58,200
17 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$71,420
80
18 Rail Transportation
$71,410
90
19 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$70,970
52,830
20 Wholesale Trade
$70,800
1,090
21 Depository Credit Intermediation
$70,650
40
22 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$70,550
147,410
23 Federal, State, and Local Government
$70,550
147,410
24 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$70,490
1,020
25 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$70,450
30
26 Temporary Help Services
$70,420
39,400
27 Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
$70,210
520
28 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$70,160
22,000
29 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$70,140
56,260
30 Employment Services
$70,120
49,360
31 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$69,860
2,010
32 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$69,760
150
33 Administrative and Support Services
$69,700
53,630
34 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$69,700
53,660
35 Spectator Sports
$69,600
n/a
36 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$69,530
30
37 Insurance Carriers
$69,510
20,450
38 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$69,510
40
39 Hospitals - State government owned
$69,440
76,590
40 Chemical Manufacturing
$69,410
290
41 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$69,250
5,420
42 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$69,170
25,810
43 Finance and Insurance
$69,170
26,100
44 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$69,000
1,334,320
45 Hospitals - Privately owned
$69,000
1,405,850
46 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$68,990
110
47 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$68,980
5,910
48 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$68,960
16,880
49 Utilities
$68,750
70
50 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$68,740
10,420
51 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$68,500
450
52 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$68,490
1,653,490
53 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$68,480
1,560,200
54 Outpatient Care Centers
$68,400
107,300
55 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$68,370
60
56 Legal Services
$68,300
570
57 Repair and Maintenance
$68,110
390
58 Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$68,070
130
59 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$68,040
60
60 Plastics Product Manufacturing
$67,930
n/a
61 Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities
$67,830
5,370
62 Office Administrative Services
$67,810
2,790
63 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$67,630
390
64 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$67,620
40
65 Other Insurance Related Activities
$67,440
4,850
66 Direct Selling Establishments
$67,290
n/a
67 Personal Care Services
$67,160
730
68 Junior colleges - Local government owned
$67,090
450
69 Personal and Laundry Services
$66,880
760
70 State government, including schools and hospitals
$66,580
129,140
71 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$66,540
200
72 Health Care and Social Assistance
$66,500
2,355,380
73 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$66,310
14,250
74 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$66,110
457,920
75 Transportation and Warehousing
$66,000
490
76 Paper Manufacturing
$65,960
70
77 Educational Services - State government owned
$65,760
14,730
78 Ambulance Services
$65,660
3,820
79 Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$65,640
40
80 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$65,480
2,480
81 Nonstore Retailers
$65,300
140
82 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$64,620
180
83 Facilities Support Services
$64,470
670
84 Machinery Manufacturing
$64,410
150
85 Hospitals - Local government owned
$64,280
171,060
86 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$64,230
169,630
87 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$64,100
70
88 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$63,860
140
89 Home Health Care Services
$63,810
168,970
90 Scheduled Air Transportation
$63,670
n/a
91 Postal Service (federal government)
$63,620
120
92 Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$63,590
3,740
93 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$63,570
35,090
94 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$63,510
15,710
95 Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)
$63,480
530
96 Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$63,460
30
97 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$63,380
18,690
98 Religious Organizations
$63,330
530
99 Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$63,290
6,250
100 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$63,220
1,920
See also: Highest paying cities for registered nurses.