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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 $102,450, Hawaii is the highest paying state for registered nurses. It is followed by California (average annual salary $100,730). 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 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 Hawaii
$102,450
$63,360 10,800
2 California
$100,730
$64,430 282,290
3 Oregon
$89,280
$65,080 35,140
4 District of Columbia
$87,040
$57,270 11,000
5 Alaska
$86,220
$62,270 5,570
6 Nevada
$85,020
$64,400 21,060
7 Massachusetts
$84,700
$56,490 82,870
8 New York
$83,680
$54,050 180,170
9 New Jersey
$80,910
$58,900 80,560
10 Connecticut
$79,500
$57,360 34,310
11 Minnesota
$77,810
$54,240 64,540
12 Washington
$77,470
$53,850 56,880
13 Rhode Island
$75,940
$55,950 11,820
14 Arizona
$74,260
$54,370 54,630
15 Maryland
$74,120
$54,100 53,700
16 Delaware
$71,610
$54,350 11,620
17 Colorado
$71,280
$53,390 49,340
18 Texas
$70,730
$51,890 212,230
19 Illinois
$70,190
$49,050 123,100
20 New Mexico
$69,570
$52,380 16,290
21 New Hampshire
$68,580
$51,200 13,190
22 Michigan
$68,370
$52,530 94,090
23 Pennsylvania
$68,230
$49,930 143,130
24 Wisconsin
$67,910
$52,700 55,940
25 Vermont
$66,420
$52,190 6,270
26 Georgia
$66,110
$46,720 75,000
27 Virginia
$66,060
$45,600 64,260
28 Montana
$64,560
$50,810 10,110
29 Idaho
$64,030
$45,270 13,320
30 Maine
$63,880
$47,490 14,200
31 Ohio
$63,300
$50,010 124,620
32 Wyoming
$63,290
$45,900 4,910
33 Florida
$63,060
$46,830 178,330
34 North Dakota
$61,720
$48,990 9,020
35 South Carolina
$61,540
$44,680 43,200
36 Utah
$61,470
$45,490 21,340
37 Louisiana
$61,300
$42,770 45,970
38 Nebraska
$60,890
$45,490 22,870
39 North Carolina
$60,880
$44,500 99,210
40 Missouri
$60,750
$42,990 72,090
41 Indiana
$60,560
$43,600 68,530
42 Oklahoma
$60,420
$44,030 28,000
43 Kentucky
$60,340
$43,550 44,410
44 West Virginia
$59,480
$42,080 20,410
45 Tennessee
$59,080
$42,660 59,350
46 Virgin Islands
$58,930
$38,090 310
47 Kansas
$58,850
$43,140 28,900
48 Arkansas
$57,570
$41,730 24,380
49 Mississippi
$56,810
$41,290 28,760
50 Iowa
$56,710
$42,400 33,280
51 Alabama
$56,570
$41,890 49,290
52 South Dakota
$55,660
$42,050 12,530
53 Guam
$52,410
$35,220 550
54 Puerto Rico
$32,590
$23,950 19,090
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