Registered Nurses Salary Information

The salary statistics of registered nurses are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of registered nurses within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The registered nurses annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Registered Nurses Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$48,690
25th Percentile Wage
$57,340
50th Percentile Wage
$70,000
75th Percentile Wage
$85,960
90th Percentile Wage
$104,100

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for registered nurses. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) registered nurses is $104,100. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $70,000. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $48,690. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 113% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
$70,000
2.21% 6.47%
2016
$68,450
1.40% -
2015
$67,490
1.26% -
2014
$66,640
0.63% -
2013
$66,220
1.13% -
2012
$65,470
- -

Table 2. Registered Nurses Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of registered nurses in 18 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for registered nurses occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $77,810. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $60,300).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$77,810
Federal, State, and Local Government
$75,910
Mining
$75,590
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$74,060
Wholesale Trade
$72,760
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$72,290
Finance and Insurance
$71,810
Retail Trade
$71,740
Information
$71,220
Health Care and Social Assistance
$69,860
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$69,200
Transportation and Warehousing
$68,020
Manufacturing
$67,810
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$65,450
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$63,600
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$61,270
Accommodation and Food Services
$60,810
Educational Services
$60,300

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Registered Nurses by States

From the above tables we note that not only registered nurses salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of registered nurses in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $32,590 to $102,450. The highest paying state for registered nurses is Hawaii with a median annual salary of $102,450. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $32,590. For more salary information of registered nurses profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Hawaii
$102,450
California
$100,730
Oregon
$89,280
District of Columbia
$87,040
Alaska
$86,220
Nevada
$85,020
Massachusetts
$84,700
New York
$83,680
New Jersey
$80,910
Connecticut
$79,500
Minnesota
$77,810
Washington
$77,470
Rhode Island
$75,940
Arizona
$74,260
Maryland
$74,120
Delaware
$71,610
Colorado
$71,280
Texas
$70,730
Illinois
$70,190
New Mexico
$69,570
New Hampshire
$68,580
Michigan
$68,370
Pennsylvania
$68,230
Wisconsin
$67,910
Vermont
$66,420
Georgia
$66,110
Virginia
$66,060
Montana
$64,560
Idaho
$64,030
Maine
$63,880
Ohio
$63,300
Wyoming
$63,290
Florida
$63,060
North Dakota
$61,720
South Carolina
$61,540
Utah
$61,470
Louisiana
$61,300
Nebraska
$60,890
North Carolina
$60,880
Missouri
$60,750
Indiana
$60,560
Oklahoma
$60,420
Kentucky
$60,340
West Virginia
$59,480
Tennessee
$59,080
Virgin Islands
$58,930
Kansas
$58,850
Arkansas
$57,570
Mississippi
$56,810
Iowa
$56,710
Alabama
$56,570
South Dakota
$55,660
Guam
$52,410
Puerto Rico
$32,590



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