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Registered Nurses Salary in Sector of Federal, State, and Local Government

The salary statistics of registered nurses in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare registered nurses salaries in different industries within the federal, state, and local government sector.

Average Annual Salary of Registered Nurses

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$52,120
25th Percentile Wage
$62,110
50th Percentile Wage
$75,910
75th Percentile Wage
$92,310
90th Percentile Wage
$110,580

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for registered nurses in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government. 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 $110,580. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $75,910. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid registered nurses is $52,120.

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 federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$75,910
2.53% 9.70%
2016
$73,990
2.55% -
2015
$72,100
2.15% -
2014
$70,550
2.18% -
2013
$69,010
0.67% -
2012
$68,550
- -

Compare Registered Nurses Salary in Different Industries within the Federal, State, and Local Government Sector

The average salaries of registered nurses in eight industries in the federal, state, and local government 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 federal executive branch (oes designation) industry with an annual salary $83,340. The lowest paying industry is the local government, excluding schools and hospitals (oes designation) industry (annual salary $63,420). For detailed registered nurses salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$83,340
Federal government, including USPS
$83,330
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$75,910
State government, including schools and hospitals
$71,460
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$70,580
Local government, including schools and hospitals
$64,930
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$64,920
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$63,420

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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