The average annual and hourly salaries for registered nurses in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of registered nurses amongst California 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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$64,430|
|25th Percentile Wage||$80,210|
|50th Percentile Wage||$100,730|
|75th Percentile Wage||$125,430|
|90th Percentile Wage||$151,210|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for registered nurses in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $151,210. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $100,730. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $64,430.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of registered nurses from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
Table 3 shows the median annual salary of registered nurses in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of registered nurses in state of California ranges from $78,460 to $144,830. The highest paying area for registered nurses in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $144,830. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (mean annual salary $139,010). The lowest paying area is Hanford-Corcoran with a median annual salary of $78,460.
|Cities/Areas||Median Annual Salary|
|San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City|| |
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara|| |
|Santa Cruz-Watsonville|| |
|San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont|| |
|Santa Rosa-Petaluma|| |
|Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles|| |
|North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale|| |
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario|| |
|San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos|| |
|Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana|| |
|Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta|| |
|Yuba City|| |
|El Centro|| |
|Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine|| |
|Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura|| |