Registered Nurse Salary

recreational-therapist-salary-chart.jpgRegistered nurses assess health needs and problems, maintain medical records, and manage nursing care plans. They provide healthcare to convalescent, disabled, ill, or injured patients.

Salary

The average salary of registered nurses is $68,910 annually. The bottom 10% earns at most $45,630 a year while the top 10% earns at least $96,320. The median salary is $66,220 a year.

The best industries for employment are general medical and surgical hospitals (1,553,080 employed, $70,590 average); offices of physicians (178,810 employed, $62,850 average); and home health care services (166,910 employed, $66,910 average). The top paying industry is transit and ground passenger transportation, paying $86,780 a year on average (50 employed).

The top three paying states are California ($96,980), Hawaii ($85,380), and Massachusetts (79,270 employed, $83,720).

Job Outlook

The job outlook of registered nurses is expected to increase by 19% between 2012 and 2022, which is faster than average.

Registered Nurse Salary by State

State Lowest 10% Median Salary Highest 10% Average Salary
Alabama $40,740 $54,490 $73,640 $55,870
Alaska $61,720 $83,370 $110,770 $83,640
Arizona $52,540 $71,010 $92,700 $71,430
Arkansas $39,650 $55,240 $74,540 $56,150
California $63,670 $94,310 $141,030 $96,980
Colorado $49,860 $68,080 $92,540 $68,980
Connecticut $55,480 $75,050 $99,730 $76,280
Delaware $52,930 $70,280 $91,520 $70,660
Florida $45,040 $60,420 $81,380 $62,060
Georgia $43,660 $61,950 $79,270 $61,630
Hawaii $59,920 $85,940 $114,640 $85,380
Idaho $43,040 $58,980 $77,150 $59,770
Illinois $44,270 $64,890 $93,140 $66,730
Indiana $41,200 $57,370 $76,690 $58,320
Iowa $39,700 $52,610 $71,670 $53,520
Kansas $40,730 $55,780 $73,940 $56,410
Kentucky $42,000 $56,680 $74,420 $57,520
Louisiana $42,670 $60,380 $83,700 $61,780
Maine $45,210 $61,680 $84,130 $62,640
Maryland $51,500 $70,810 $92,970 $71,100
Massachusetts $53,470 $79,880 $125,960 $83,720
Michigan $49,460 $65,050 $86,080 $65,820
Minnesota $49,690 $70,560 $94,920 $71,160
Mississippi $39,850 $54,920 $76,260 $56,530
Missouri $40,330 $56,690 $78,980 $58,040
Montana $46,030 $58,840 $79,420 $60,700
Nebraska $41,250 $55,820 $75,310 $56,920
Nevada $57,450 $78,240 $105,570 $78,800
New Hampshire $45,300 $62,680 $89,470 $64,540
New Jersey $57,180 $77,380 $97,920 $77,360
New Mexico $49,530 $64,070 $86,180 $64,900
New York $50,700 $74,370 $106,050 $75,470
North Carolina $42,260 $58,490 $76,930 $59,290
North Dakota $42,470 $55,400 $71,720 $56,030
Ohio $47,440 $60,530 $78,650 $61,750
Oklahoma $40,580 $56,870 $74,900 $57,130
Oregon $58,200 $80,360 $105,710 $80,440
Pennsylvania $47,170 $64,830 $89,870 $66,010
Rhode Island $53,360 $74,280 $94,040 $74,080
South Carolina $40,100 $58,220 $77,670 $59,670
South Dakota $39,750 $50,980 $71,860 $53,050
Tennessee $41,470 $56,080 $73,900 $56,730
Texas $48,350 $67,310 $91,360 $67,860
Utah $44,740 $59,040 $76,050 $60,090
Vermont $46,530 $60,180 $87,190 $63,260
Virginia $42,530 $62,750 $87,910 $63,150
Washington $51,780 $75,500 $106,410 $76,420
West Virginia $38,920 $54,210 $74,820 $55,240
Wisconsin $49,410 $63,260 $85,710 $64,460
Wyoming $47,690 $60,450 $78,060 $61,480