INDUSTRY
April 8, 2020

Highest Paying States For Registered Nurses in 2020

Golden Gate Bridge at sunset
Nurse.org Staff By: Nurse.org Staff

Updated: 4/8/2020

It’s that time of year again! The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its latest Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Report. Not surprisingly, healthcare workers report some of the highest wages in the country. Here are all 50 states (plus Washington DC), ranked by average (mean) salary for registered nurses in 2019.

51.  South DakotaMount Rushmore in South Dakota

Average RN Salary: $59,540

Average Hourly: $28.63

Number of RNs in South Dakota: 12,950

 

50.  MississippiMississippi River in Mississippi

Average RN Salary: $59,750

Average Hourly: $28.73

Number of RNs in South Dakota:  29,550

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49.  AlabamaDowntown city on the river in Alabama

Average RN Salary: $60,230

Average Hourly: $28.96

Number of RNs in South Dakota: 49,190

 

48.  IowaIowa City from the river at dusk

Average RN Salary: $60,590

Average Hourly: $29.13

Number of RNs in Iowa: 32,980

 

47.  ArkansasForest in Arkansas with town

Average RN Salary: $61,330

Average Hourly: $29.49

Number of RNs in Arkansas: 25,210

 

46.  KansasDowntown city in Kansas from the river 

Average RN Salary: $62,450

Average Hourly: $30.02

Number of RNs in Kansas: 30,370

 

45.  TennesseeFestival in downtown Nashville Tennessee with fireworks

Average RN Salary: $62,570

Average Hourly: $30.08

Number of RNs in Tennessee: 63,330

 

 

44.  West VirginiaTrail and bridge going through a forest

Average RN Salary: $63,220

Average Hourly: $30.39

Number of RNs in West Virginia: 19,830

 

43.  KentuckyLouisville and river at night time

Average RN Salary: $63,750

Average Hourly: $30.65

Number of RNs in Kentucky: 43,840

 

42.  MissouriBusy public buildings and downtown in Kansas City

Average RN Salary: $64,160

Average Hourly: $30.85

Number of RNs in Missouri:68,840

 

41.  OklahomaMonument at daytime in Oklahoma

Average RN Salary: $64,800

Average Hourly: $31.15

Number of RNs in Kentucky: 31,350

 

40.  South Carolina

Park view with waterfalls in river in South Carolina

Average RN Salary: $64,840

Average Hourly: $31.17

Number of RNs in South Carolina: 46,860

 

39.  Louisiana

Famous state building in downtown New Orleans LouisianaAverage RN Salary: $65,850

Average Hourly: $31.66

Number of RNs in Louisiana: 40,870

 

38.  North DakotaFamous badlands and mountains in North Dakota

Average RN Salary: $66,290

Average Hourly: $31.87

Number of RNs in North Dakota: 9,750

 

37.  North CarolinaSweeping view of multiple North Carolina cities from the mountains

Average RN Salary: $66,440

Average Hourly: $31.94

Number of RNs in North Carolina: 99,960

 

36.  Indiana

Downtown city park in Indianapolis Indiana

Average RN Salary: $66,560

Average Hourly: $32.00

Number of RNs in Indiana: 67,510

 

 

35.  NebraskaSmall pond and park in Nebraska city

Average RN Salary: $66,640

Average Hourly: $32.04

Number of RNs in Nebraska: 23,800

 

34.  Florida

Downtown city skyline in Florida on cloudy day

Average RN Salary: $67,610

Average Hourly: $32.50

Number of RNs in Florida: 181,670

 

33.  Utah

Famous buttes and valleys in Utah state parks

Average RN Salary: $67,970

Average Hourly: $32.68

Number of RNs in Utah: 21,650

 

32.  OhioOhio River running through downtown Ohio city

Average RN Salary: $68,220

Average Hourly: $32.80

Number of RNs in Ohio: 125,470

 

31.  Wyoming

River going through valley at dusk in Wyoming

Average RN Salary: $68,690

Average Hourly: $33.03

Number of RNs in Wyoming: 5,120

 

30.  MontanaBeautiful mountain view with valley and lake in Montana

Average RN Salary: $69,340

Average Hourly: $33.34

Number of RNs in Montana: 10,310

 

29.  IdahoState legislature building in Boise Idaho

Average RN Salary: $69,480

Average Hourly: $33.40

Number of RNs in Idaho: 14,110

 

28.  GeorgiaBusy Atlanta Georgia with traffic at night time

Average RN Salary: $69,590

Average Hourly: $33.46

Number of RNs in Georgia: 75,430

 

27.  Maine

Atlantic Ocean coast in Maine

Average RN Salary: $69,760

Average Hourly: $33.54

Number of RNs in Maine: 14,490

 

26.  VermontBeautiful campus view in Vermont during the day

Average RN Salary: $70,240

Average Hourly:$33.77

Number of RNs in Vermont: 6,270

 

 

25.  Pennsylvania

Landmark in Pennsylvania with road going through it

Average RN Salary: $71,410

Average Hourly: $34.33

Number of RNs in Pennsylvania: 148,040

 

24.  VirginiaTrees overlooking lake in Virginia

Average RN Salary: $71,870

Average Hourly: $34.56

Number of RNs in Virginia: 66,040

 

23.  WisconsinAriel shot of the state capitol building in Wisconsin

Average RN Salary: $72,610

Average Hourly: $34.91

Number of RNs in Wisconsin: 61,930

 

22.  MichiganDowntown Detroit from across the Great Lakes

Average RN Salary: $73,200

Average Hourly: $35.19

Number of RNs in Michigan: 96,900

 

 

21.  New MexicoNew Mexico butte with wildlife and plants at base

Average RN Salary: $73,300

Average Hourly: $35.24

Number of RNs in New Mexico: 17,350

 

20.  IllinoisChicago vista from the water in Illinois

Average RN Salary: $73,510

Average Hourly: $35.34

Number of RNs in Illinois: 129,530

 

19.  New HampshireSmall building in part of settlement in New Hampshire

Average RN Salary: $73,880

Average Hourly: $35.52

Number of RNs in New Hampshire: 14,320

 

 

18.  DelawareOverlooking water in Delaware with tree by the water

Average RN Salary: $74,100

Average Hourly: $35.63

Number of RNs in Delaware: 11,730

 

17.  TexasDowntown Houston Texas city skyline at night

Average RN Salary: $74,540

Average Hourly: $35.84

Number of RNs in Texas: 218,090

 

16.  ColoradoDowntown Denver on a hazy Colorado day

Average RN Salary: $76,230

Average Hourly: $36.65

Number of RNs in Colorado: 52,510

 

15.  MarylandAn east coast dock in Maryland for pedestrians

Average RN Salary: $77,910

Average Hourly: $37.46

Number of RNs in Maryland: 53,150

 

14.  ArizonaFun night life in Phoenix Arizona

Average RN Salary: $78,330

Average Hourly: $37.66

Number of RNs in Arizona: 54,590

 

 

13.  MinnesotaBusy traffic going in and out of downtown Minneapolis

Average RN Salary: $80,130

Average Hourly: $38.52

Number of RNs in Minnesota: 71,000

 

12.  Rhode IslandOld building facade in Rhode Island

Average RN Salary: $82,310

Average Hourly: $39.57

Number of RNs in Rhode Island: 12,630

 

11.  ConnecticutSnowy state legislature building in Connecticut

Average RN Salary: $83,440

Average Hourly: $40.12

Number of RNs in Connecticut: 34,740

 

10.  New JerseyStreet between ocean and businesses in New Jersey

Average RN Salary: $84,280

Average Hourly: $40.52

Number of RNs in New Jersey: 80,140

 

9.  WashingtonSpace needle and downtown Seattle skyline

Average RN Salary: $86,170

Average Hourly: $41.43

Number of RNs in Washington: 58,000

 

 

8.  New York

New York from far off in the water

Average RN Salary: $87,840

Average Hourly: $42.23

Number of RNs in New York: 178,320

 

7.  NevadaAriel view of the Las Vegas strip in Nevada

Average RN Salary: $88,380

Average Hourly: $42.49

Number of RNs in Nevada: 22,940

 

6.  AlaskaTwo people sitting on frozen lake enjoying aurora borealis in Alaska

Average RN Salary: $90,500

Average Hourly: $43.51

Number of RNs in Alaska: 6,210

 

5.  OregonWaterfall splashing into forest lake in Oregon

Average RN Salary: $92,960

Average Hourly: $44.69

Number of RNs in Oregon: 36,660

 

 

4.  MassachusettsDowntown Boston during the spring

Average RN Salary: $93,160

Average Hourly: $44.79

Number of RNs in Massachusetts: 81,020

 

3.  District of ColumbiaLincoln Memorial from over the water in DC

Average RN Salary: $94,820

Average Hourly: $45.59

Number of RNs in DC: 10,890

 

2.  Hawaii Sunset in Hawaii with city skyline of Honolulu

Average RN Salary: $104,060

Average Hourly: $50.03

Number of RNs in Hawaii: 11,330

 

1.  CaliforniaVast Los Angeles skyline at dusk with traffic flowing

Average RN Salary: $113,240

Average Hourly: $54.44

Number of RNs in California: 302,770

 

 

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