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Registered Nurses Salary Information in Massachusetts

The average annual and hourly salaries for registered nurses in the state of Massachusetts are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of registered nurses amongst Massachusetts metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Registered Nurses in Massachusetts

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$56,490
25th Percentile Wage
$68,220
50th Percentile Wage
$84,700
75th Percentile Wage
$109,560
90th Percentile Wage
$131,710

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for registered nurses in Massachusetts in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $131,710. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $84,700. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $56,490.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of registered nurses from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$84,700
0.34% 6.12%
2016
$84,410
0.54% -
2015
$83,950
3.06% -
2014
$81,380
1.84% -
2013
$79,880
0.45% -
2012
$79,520
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Registered Nurses in Massachusetts Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of registered nurses in some Massachusetts cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of registered nurses in state of Massachusetts ranges from $71,120 to $93,760. The highest paying area for registered nurses in Massachusetts is Boston-Cambridge-Quincy with a median annual salary of $93,760. The second highest paying city/area in Massachusetts State is North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $90,080). The lowest paying area is Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner with a median annual salary of $71,120.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy
$93,760
North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
$90,080
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy
$87,710
Pittsfield
$82,660
Barnstable Town
$80,630
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
$80,500
Worcester
$79,980
Peabody
$79,620
Springfield
$76,810
New Bedford
$76,290
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton
$75,140
Nantucket Island and Marthas Vineyard nonmetropolitan area
$73,640
Framingham
$73,390
Southwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
$72,430
Taunton-Norton-Raynham
$72,130
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner
$71,120




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