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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$55,400
25th Percentile Wage
$67,450
50th Percentile Wage
$84,410
75th Percentile Wage
$109,240
90th Percentile Wage
$134,300

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 $134,300. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $84,410. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $55,400.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26.63
25th Percentile Wage
$32.43
50th Percentile Wage
$40.58
75th Percentile Wage
$52.52
90th Percentile Wage
$64.56

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for registered nurses in Massachusetts in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $64.56. The median hourly salary is $40.58. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26.63.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of registered nurses from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201684,4100.54%5.79%
201583,9503.06%-
201481,3801.84%-
201379,8800.45%-
201279,520--

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 $69,080 to $94,220. The highest paying area for registered nurses in Massachusetts is Boston-Cambridge-Quincy with a median annual salary of $94,220. The second highest paying city/area in Massachusetts State is North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $89,910). The lowest paying area is Southwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $69,080.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy
$94,220
North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
$89,910
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy
$87,790
Nantucket Island and Marthas Vineyard nonmetropolitan area
$84,230
Peabody
$81,930
Taunton-Norton-Raynham
$79,050
Barnstable Town
$78,390
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
$77,930
Pittsfield
$77,930
Worcester
$77,360
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton
$76,970
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner
$76,070
Springfield
$73,750
New Bedford
$72,170
Framingham
$71,870
Southwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
$69,080


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