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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
$47,480
25th Percentile Wage
$56,210
50th Percentile Wage
$68,270
75th Percentile Wage
$83,450
90th Percentile Wage
$103,040

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 $103,040. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $68,270. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid registered nurses is $47,480.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of registered nurses in the industry sector of health care and social assistance from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201668,2701.36%4.22%
201567,3401.25%-
201466,5000.51%-
201366,1601.16%-
201265,390--

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 $87,760. The lowest paying industry is the child day care services industry (annual salary $56,210). 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
$87,760
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$73,520
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$72,950
Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$72,600
Hospitals - State government owned
$72,510
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$71,500
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$71,120
Hospitals - Privately owned
$71,080
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$70,590
Outpatient Care Centers
$70,590
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$70,580
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$67,920
Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$66,590
Ambulance Services
$66,270
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$66,130
Hospitals - Local government owned
$65,560
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$65,530
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$65,430
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$65,430
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$65,090
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$64,940
Ambulatory Health Care Services
$64,660
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$64,480
Home Health Care Services
$64,140
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
$61,800
Offices of Physicians
$61,730
Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)
$61,590
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services
$61,510
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$61,180
Offices of Optometrists
$61,170
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$60,950
Offices of Chiropractors
$60,700
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
$60,670
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$60,060
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
$60,050
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$59,730
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities
$59,280
Social Assistance
$58,790
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
$58,600
Offices of Dentists
$58,530
Individual and Family Services
$58,430
Other Residential Care Facilities
$57,510
Child Day Care Services
$56,210

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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