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April 9, 2018

Highest Paying States For Registered Nurses

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 salary for registered nurses in 2017.

51. South Dakota

Average RN Salary: $57,010

Average Hourly: $27.41

Number of RNs in South Dakota:  12,530

Nursing Jobs: View the best-paying travel nursing jobs in South Dakota now.

50. Mississippi

Average RN Salary: $57,700

Average Hourly: $27.74

Number of RNs in South Dakota:  28,760

Nursing Jobs: Get paid what you're worth. Get matched with high paying travel nursing positions in Mississippi. 

49. Alabama

Average RN Salary: $57,890

Average Hourly: $27.83

Number of RNs in South Dakota:  49,290

Nursing Jobs: 100's of high-paying travel nursing positions in Alabama are open now.

48.  Iowa

Average RN Salary: $57,930

Average Hourly: $27.85

Number of RNs in Iowa:  33,280

Nursing Jobs: View high-paying travel nursing jobs in Iowa now.

47. Arkansas

Average RN Salary: $58,810

Average Hourly: $28.28

Number of RNs in Arkansas:  24,380

Nursing Jobs: Get matched with high paying travel nursing positions in Arkansas now.

46. Kansas 

Average RN Salary: $59,940

Average Hourly: $28.82

Number of RNs in Kansas:  28,900

Nursing Jobs: Have a recruiter contact you about high-paying travel nursing opportunities in Kansas now.

45. Tennessee

Average RN Salary: $60,050

Average Hourly: $28.87

Number of RNs in Tennessee:  59,350

Nursing Jobs: Tennessee needs nurses like you. Apply now for travel nursing jobs in this great state.

44. West Virginia

Average RN Salary: $60,380

Average Hourly: $29.03

Number of RNs in West Virginia:  20,410

Nursing Jobs: Get matched with the best paying travel nursing job opportunities in West Virginia now.

43. Kentucky

Average RN Salary: $61,530

Average Hourly: $29.58

Number of RNs in Kentucky:  44,410

Nursing Jobs: Advance your career in Kentucky. Get matched with high paying travel nursing positions.

42. Oklahoma

Average RN Salary: $61,640

Average Hourly: $29.63

Number of RNs in Kentucky:  28,000

Nursing Jobs: Let our network match you with the best paying travel nursing job opportunities in Oklahoma now.

41. Nebraska

Average RN Salary: $62,210

Average Hourly: $29.91

Number of RNs in Nebraska:  22,870

Nursing Jobs: There are hundreds of open travel nursing jobs in Nebraska. Apply now.

40. Indiana

Average RN Salary: $62,450

Average Hourly: $30.02

Number of RNs in Indiana:  68,530

Nursing Jobs: There are hundreds of high paying travel nursing jobs in Indiana. Apply now.

39. North Carolina

Average RN Salary: $62,560

Average Hourly: $30.08

Number of RNs in North Carolina:  99,210

Nursing Jobs: North Carolina nurses are in high demand. Get matched with high paying travel nursing positions.

38. Utah

Average RN Salary: $63,050

Average Hourly: $30.31

Number of RNs in Utah: 21,340

Nursing Jobs: Advance your career in Utah. Get matched with high paying travel nursing positions.

37. North Dakota

Average RN Salary: $63,140

Average Hourly: $30.35

Number of RNs in North Dakota: 9,020

Nursing Jobs: North Dakota needs nurses like you. Apply now to in-demand travel nursing jobs in this great state.

36. Missouri

Average RN Salary: $63,300

Average Hourly: $30.43

Number of RNs in Missouri:  72,090

Nursing Jobs: Missouri nurses are in high demand. Get matched with high paying travel nursing positions.

35. Louisiana

Average RN Salary: $63,560

Average Hourly: $30.56

Number of RNs in Louisiana: 45,970

Nursing Jobs: There are hundreds of open travel nursing jobs in Louisiana. Apply now.

34. South Carolina

Average RN Salary: $63,630

Average Hourly: $30.59

Number of RNs in South Carolina: 43,200

Nursing Jobs: South Carolina needs nurses like you. Apply now to high paying travel nursing jobs in this great state.

33. Idaho

Average RN Salary: $64,520

Average Hourly: $31.02

Number of RNs in Idaho: 13,320

Nursing Jobs: Advance your career in Idaho. Get matched with hundreds of travel nursing positions now.

32. Florida

Average RN Salary: $64,890

Average Hourly: $31.20

Number of RNs in Florida: 178,330

Nursing Jobs: Florida nurses are in high demand. Apply to thousands of travel nursing positions with one submission.

31. Wyoming

Average RN Salary: $64,900

Average Hourly: $31.20

Number of RNs in Wyoming: 4,910

Nursing Jobs: Get matched with high-paying travel nursing opportunities in WY now.

30. Ohio

Average RN Salary: $65,500

Average Hourly: $31.49

Number of RNs in Ohio: 124,620

Nursing Jobs: Get matched with high-paying travel nursing opportunities in Ohio now.

29. Maine

Average RN Salary: $65,890

Average Hourly: $31.68

Number of RNs in Maine: 14,200

Nursing Jobs: Maine needs nurses like you.  Apply now to exclusive travel nursing in this great state.

28. Montana

Average RN Salary: $66,280

Average Hourly: $31.87

Number of RNs in Montana: 10,110

Nursing Jobs: Montana needs nurses like you. Apply now to travel nursing jobs in MT.

27. Georgia

Average RN Salary: $66,750

Average Hourly: $32.09

Number of RNs in Georgia: 75,000

Nursing Jobs: Get matched with high-paying travel nursing opportunities in Georgia now.

26. Virginia

Average RN Salary: $67,990

Average Hourly: $32.69

Number of RNs in Virginia: 64,260

Nursing Jobs: Advance your career in Virginia. Let our recruiters match you with open travel nursing positions now.

25. Michigan

Average RN Salary: $69,120

Average Hourly: $33.23

Number of RNs in Michigan: 94,090

Nursing Jobs: View high-paying travel nursing opportunities in Michigan now.

24. Wisconsin

Average RN Salary: $69,200

Average Hourly: $33.27

Number of RNs in Wisconsin: 55,940

Nursing Jobs: Apply to thousands of travel nursing positions with one submission in Wisconsin now.

23. Vermont

Average RN Salary: $69,560

Average Hourly: $33.44

Number of RNs in Vermont: 6,270

Nursing Jobs: Advance your career in Vermont.  Get matched with high-paying travel nursing opportunities in VT now.

22. Pennsylvania

Average RN Salary: $69,820

Average Hourly: $33.57

Number of RNs in Pennsylvania: 143,130

Nursing Jobs: Get matched with high paying travel nursing positions in Pennsylvania now.

21. New Mexico

Average RN Salary: $69,840

Average Hourly: $33.58

Number of RNs in New Mexico: 16,290

Nursing Jobs: Advance your career in New Mexico. Get matched with open travel nursing positions now.

20. New Hampshire

Average RN Salary: $70,040

Average Hourly: $33.67

Number of RNs in New Hampshire: 13,190

Nursing Jobs: Advance your career in New Hampshire. Get matched with open travel nursing positions now. 

19. Texas

Average RN Salary: $72,070

Average Hourly: $34.65

Number of RNs in Texas: 212,230

Nursing Jobs: Get matched with high-paying travel nursing opportunities in Texas now.

18. Illinois

Average RN Salary: $72,090

Average Hourly: $34.66

Number of RNs in Illinois: 123,100

Nursing Jobs:  Apply now to high paying travel nursing positions.

17. Colorado

Average RN Salary: $72,570

Average Hourly: $34.89

Number of RNs in Colorado: 49,340

Nursing Jobs: Advance your career in Colorado. Get matched with open travel nursing positions now.

16. Delaware

Average RN Salary: $73,180

Average Hourly: $35.18

Number of RNs in Delaware: 11,620

Nursing Jobs: Apply to high-paying travel nursing opportunities in Delaware now.

15.  Arizona

Average RN Salary: $75,110

Average Hourly: $36.11

Number of RNs in Arizona: 54,630

Nursing Jobs: Advance your career in Arizona. Get matched with open travel nursing positions now.

14. Maryland

Average RN Salary: $75,250

Average Hourly: $36.18

Number of RNs in Maryland: 53,700

Nursing Jobs: Maryland needs nurses like you. Apply now to high paying travel nursing jobs in this great state.

13. Rhode Island

Average RN Salary: $76,650

Average Hourly: $36.85

Number of RNs in Rhode Island: 11,820

Nursing Jobs: Let us match you with high-paying travel nursing opportunities in Rhode Island now.

12. Minnesota

Average RN Salary: $77,540

Average Hourly: $37.28

Number of RNs in Minnesota: 64,540

Nursing Jobs: There are hundreds of open travel nursing jobs in Minnesota. Apply now.

11. Washington

Average RN Salary: $79,810

Average Hourly: $38.37

Number of RNs in Washington: 56,880

Nursing Jobs: Advance your career in Washington. Apply now to hundreds of open nursing positions now.

10. Connecticut

Average RN Salary: $80,200

Average Hourly: $38.56

Number of RNs in Connecticut: 34,310

Nursing Jobs: Advance your career in Connecticut. Get matched with high paying travel nursing positions now.

9. New Jersey

Average RN Salary: $82,010

Average Hourly: $39.43

Number of RNs in New Jersey: 80,560

Nursing Jobs: New Jersey needs nurses like you. Apply now to high paying nursing jobs in NJ.

8. New York

Average RN Salary: $83,450

Average Hourly: $40.12

Number of RNs in New York: 180,170

Nursing Jobs: View the best paying travel nursing job opportunities in New York now.

7. Nevada

Average RN Salary: $84,980

Average Hourly: $40.86

Number of RNs in Nevada: 21,060

Nursing Jobs: There are hundreds of open travel nursing jobs in Nevada. Apply now.

6. Alaska

Average RN Salary: $87,510

Average Hourly: $42.07

Number of RNs in Alaska: 5,570

Nursing Jobs: Advance your career in Alaska. Get matched with high paying travel nursing jobs.

5. Oregon

Average RN Salary: $88,770

Average Hourly: $42.68

Number of RNs in Oregon: 35,140

Nursing Jobs: Advance your career in Oregon. Apply Now to hundreds of travel nursing jobs.

4. Massachusetts

Average RN Salary: $89,330

Average Hourly: $42.95

Number of RNs in Massachusetts: 82,870

Nursing Jobs: Massachusetts needs nurses like you. Apply now. 

For more information on nursing in Massachusetts, see the state resources page.

3. District of Columbia

Average RN Salary: $90,110

Average Hourly: $43.32

Number of RNs in DC: 11,000

Nursing Jobs: Advance your career in DC. Apply now to exciting nursing positions now.

2. Hawaii 

Average RN Salary: $96,990

Average Hourly: $46.63

Number of RNs in Hawaii: 10,800

Nursing Jobs: Escape to paradise! Get matched with high-paying travel nursing opportunities in Hawaii now.

1. California

Average RN Salary: $102,700

Average Hourly: $49.37

Number of RNs in California: 282,290

Nursing Jobs: Experience the golden state! Apply to the best paying travel nursing job opportunities in California now.

 

Highest Paying States for Nurses

State Average RN Salary Average Hourly # of RNs
California $102,700 $49.37 282,290
Hawaii $96,990 $46.63 10,800
District of Columbia $90,110 $43.32 11,000
Massachusetts $89,330 $42.95 82,870
Oregon $88,770 $42.68 35,140
Alaska $87,510 $42.07 5,570
Nevada $84,980 $40.86 21,060
New York $83,450 $40.12 180,170
New Jersey $82,010 $39.43 80,560
Connecticut $80,200 $38.56 34,310
Washington $79,810 $38.37 56,880
Minnesota $77,540 $37.28 64,540
Rhode Island $76,650 $36.85 11,820
Maryland $75,250 $36.18 53,700
Arizona $75,110 $36.11 54,630
Delaware $73,180 $35.18 11,620
Colorado $72,570 $34.89 49,340
Illinois $72,090 $34.66 123,100
Texas $72,070 $34.65 212,230
New Hampshire $70,040 $33.67 13,190
New Mexico $69,840 $33.58 16,290
Pennsylvania $69,820 $33.57 143,130
Vermont $69,560 $33.44 6,270
Wisconsin $69,200 $33.27 55,940
Michigan $69,120 $33.23 94,090
Virginia $67,990 $32.69 64,260
Georgia $66,750 $32.09 75,000
Montana $66,280 $31.87 10,110
Maine $65,890 $31.68 14,200
Ohio $65,500 $31.49 124,620
Wyoming $64,900 $31.20 4,910
Florida $64,890 $31.20 178,330
Idaho $64,520 $31.02 13,320
South Carolina $63,630 $30.59 43,200
Louisiana $63,560 $30.56 45,970
Missouri $63,300 $30.43 72,090
North Dakota $63,140 $30.35 9,020
Utah $63,050 $30.31 21,340
North Carolina $62,560 $30.08 99,210
Indiana $62,450 $30.02 68,530
Nebraska $62,210 $29.91 22,870
Oklahoma $61,640 $29.63 28,000
Kentucky $61,530 $29.58 44,410
West Virginia $60,380 $29.03 20,410
Tennessee $60,050 $28.87 59,350
Kansas $59,940 $28.82 28,900
Arkansas $58,810 $28.28 24,380
Iowa $59,940 $28.82 33,280
Alabama $57,890 $27.83 49,290
Mississippi $57,700 $27.74 28,760
South Dakota $57,010 $27.41 12,530

 

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