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Highest Paying States for Registered Nurses

The highest paying states 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 states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $100,460, California is the highest paying state for registered nurses. It is followed by Hawaii (average annual salary $91,020). 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 state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Registered Nurses

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 California
$100,460
$63,450 274,650
2 Hawaii
$91,020
$59,570 11,300
3 Oregon
$88,010
$64,270 35,220
4 Alaska
$85,300
$62,000 5,570
5 Massachusetts
$84,410
$55,400 85,140
6 Nevada
$83,940
$61,860 20,250
7 New York
$80,380
$53,060 180,730
8 District of Columbia
$80,010
$55,890 10,320
9 New Jersey
$79,790
$57,540 79,400
10 Washington
$78,440
$54,050 55,350
11 Connecticut
$77,650
$55,530 32,930
12 Minnesota
$74,460
$50,260 61,830
13 Rhode Island
$74,320
$55,250 12,150
14 Maryland
$73,440
$54,460 53,330
15 Arizona
$72,680
$52,660 52,610
16 Delaware
$69,310
$53,850 11,320
17 Colorado
$68,750
$52,330 47,590
18 Illinois
$68,710
$47,100 121,670
19 Texas
$68,680
$50,360 207,810
20 New Mexico
$67,580
$51,910 16,200
21 Michigan
$67,450
$51,590 92,670
22 New Hampshire
$66,700
$50,030 13,260
23 Pennsylvania
$66,660
$48,050 139,480
24 Wisconsin
$66,430
$51,740 55,410
25 Vermont
$65,230
$51,060 5,850
26 Virginia
$64,470
$44,190 63,820
27 Georgia
$64,340
$45,160 73,330
28 Florida
$62,720
$46,550 174,710
29 Montana
$62,360
$49,060 9,800
30 Ohio
$62,310
$47,560 128,030
31 Idaho
$62,190
$44,680 12,330
32 Maine
$61,890
$46,420 14,190
33 Wyoming
$61,450
$44,290 4,970
34 South Carolina
$60,980
$43,760 41,800
35 Louisiana
$60,820
$43,310 44,780
36 Utah
$60,810
$45,130 21,470
37 North Dakota
$59,840
$45,020 8,710
38 North Carolina
$59,590
$43,910 99,050
39 Oklahoma
$59,270
$43,450 27,660
40 Nebraska
$59,180
$43,790 21,240
41 Kentucky
$58,930
$42,990 45,500
42 Missouri
$58,820
$41,810 67,920
43 Indiana
$58,810
$42,460 63,870
44 West Virginia
$58,200
$41,330 20,880
45 Tennessee
$57,590
$42,180 60,080
46 Kansas
$57,200
$42,130 27,130
47 Arkansas
$56,700
$41,370 23,380
48 Mississippi
$55,870
$40,790 28,590
49 Alabama
$55,500
$41,520 47,440
50 Iowa
$55,310
$41,450 32,370
51 South Dakota
$54,380
$41,440 12,130
52 Virgin Islands
$54,380
$32,330 310
53 Guam
$52,410
$35,220 400
54 Puerto Rico
$32,630
$24,550 17,470
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