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Registered Nurses Salary in Sector of Health Care and Social Assistance

The salary statistics of registered nurses in the industry sector of health care and social assistance are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare registered nurses salaries in different industries within the health care and social assistance sector.

Average Annual Salary of Registered Nurses

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$49,270
25th Percentile Wage
$57,410
50th Percentile Wage
$69,860
75th Percentile Wage
$85,690
90th Percentile Wage
$104,050

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for registered nurses in the industry sector of health care and social assistance. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) registered nurses is $104,050. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $69,860. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid registered nurses is $49,270.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of registered nurses in the industry sector of health care and social assistance from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$69,860
2.28% 6.40%
2016
$68,270
1.36% -
2015
$67,340
1.25% -
2014
$66,500
0.51% -
2013
$66,160
1.16% -
2012
$65,390
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Compare Registered Nurses Salary in Different Industries within the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector

The average salaries of registered nurses in 43 industries in the health care and social assistance sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for registered nurses occupations is the specialty hospitals - state government owned industry with an annual salary $87,510. The lowest paying industry is the offices of chiropractors industry (annual salary $56,750). For detailed registered nurses salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$87,510
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$75,390
Hospitals - State government owned
$74,840
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$74,370
Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$73,450
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$72,480
Hospitals - Privately owned
$72,430
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$72,080
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$72,070
Outpatient Care Centers
$71,860
Ambulance Services
$70,690
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$69,200
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$68,540
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$68,530
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$68,470
Hospitals - Local government owned
$67,620
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$67,620
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$67,610
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$67,420
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$67,120
Ambulatory Health Care Services
$66,300
Home Health Care Services
$65,610
Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$65,390
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$63,700
Offices of Optometrists
$63,330
Offices of Physicians
$63,070
Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)
$62,880
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
$62,750
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$62,740
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$62,320
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services
$61,620
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
$61,490
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
$61,240
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$61,120
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$61,050
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities
$60,390
Child Day Care Services
$60,370
Offices of Dentists
$59,620
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
$59,590
Social Assistance
$59,570
Individual and Family Services
$59,230
Other Residential Care Facilities
$58,820
Offices of Chiropractors
$56,750

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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