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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Registered Nurses Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$47,120
25th Percentile Wage
$56,190
50th Percentile Wage
$68,450
75th Percentile Wage
$83,770
90th Percentile Wage
$102,990

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.

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
201668,4501.40%4.35%
201567,4901.26%-
201466,6400.63%-
201366,2201.13%-
201265,470--

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 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
$73,990
Mining
$73,950
Utilities
$73,810
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$73,410
Wholesale Trade
$73,100
Finance and Insurance
$71,240
Information
$71,220
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$70,470
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$69,320
Health Care and Social Assistance
$68,270
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$67,660
Retail Trade
$66,800
Manufacturing
$66,750
Transportation and Warehousing
$66,330
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$65,240
Accommodation and Food Services
$63,000
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$59,540
Educational Services
$59,360

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 $32,630 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
California
$100,460
Hawaii
$91,020
Oregon
$88,010
Alaska
$85,300
Massachusetts
$84,410
Nevada
$83,940
New York
$80,380
District of Columbia
$80,010
New Jersey
$79,790
Washington
$78,440
Connecticut
$77,650
Minnesota
$74,460
Rhode Island
$74,320
Maryland
$73,440
Arizona
$72,680
Delaware
$69,310
Colorado
$68,750
Illinois
$68,710
Texas
$68,680
New Mexico
$67,580
Michigan
$67,450
New Hampshire
$66,700
Pennsylvania
$66,660
Wisconsin
$66,430
Vermont
$65,230
Virginia
$64,470
Georgia
$64,340
Florida
$62,720
Montana
$62,360
Ohio
$62,310
Idaho
$62,190
Maine
$61,890
Wyoming
$61,450
South Carolina
$60,980
Louisiana
$60,820
Utah
$60,810
North Dakota
$59,840
North Carolina
$59,590
Oklahoma
$59,270
Nebraska
$59,180
Kentucky
$58,930
Missouri
$58,820
Indiana
$58,810
West Virginia
$58,200
Tennessee
$57,590
Kansas
$57,200
Arkansas
$56,700
Mississippi
$55,870
Alabama
$55,500
Iowa
$55,310
South Dakota
$54,380
Virgin Islands
$54,380
Guam
$52,410
Puerto Rico
$32,630


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