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 2016 and published in April 2017 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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 $102,990. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $68,450. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $47,120. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 118% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of registered nurses from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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 federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $73,990. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $59,360).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Educational Services|| |
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 $32,630 to $100,460. The highest paying state for registered nurses is California with a median annual salary of $100,460. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $32,630. For more salary information of registered nurses profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|New York|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |