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RN Salaries in the United States

In 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a median salary of $66,220 for registered nurses (RNs) or $31.84 per hour. The highest-earning 10% of that year made more than $96,320, while the lowest-earning 10% made less than $45,630.

By mean annual wage, the 10 highest-paying states are:

  1. California - $96,980
  2. Hawaii - $85,380
  3. Massachusetts - $83,720
  4. Alaska - $83,640
  5. Oregon - $80,440
  6. Nevada - $78,800
  7. Washington, DC - $77,550
  8. New Jersey - $77,360
  9. Washington - $76,420
  10. Connecticut - $76,280

By mean annual wage, the 10 lowest-paying states are:

  1. Puerto Rico - $32,800
  2. South Dakota - $53,050
  3. Iowa - $53,520
  4. West Virginia - $55,240
  5. Alabama - $55,870
  6. North Dakota - $56,030
  7. Arkansas - $56,150
  8. Kansas - $56,410
  9. Mississippi - $56,530
  10. Tennessee - $56,730

Below are the mean annual salaries for registered nurses in the US by state:

StateMean Annual Salary
Alabama$55,870
Alaska$83,640
Arizona$71,430
Arkansas$56,150
California$96,980
Colorado$68,980
Connecticut$76,280
Delaware$70,660
District of Columbia$77,550
Florida$62,060
Georgia$61,630
Hawaii$85,380
Idaho$59,770
Illinois$66,730
Indiana$58,320
Iowa$53,520
Kansas$56,410
Kentucky$57,520
Louisiana$61,780
Maine$62,640
Maryland$71,100
Massachusetts$83,720
Michigan$65,820
Minnesota$71,160
Mississippi$56,530
Missouri$58,040
Montana$60,700
Nebraska$56,920
Nevada$78,800
New Hampshire$64,540
New Jersey$77,360
New Mexico$64,900
New York$75,470
North Carolina$59,290
North Dakota$56,030
Ohio$61,750
Oklahoma$57,130
Oregon$80,440
Pennsylvania$66,010
Puerto Rico$32,800
Rhode Island$74,080
South Carolina$59,670
South Dakota$53,050
Tennessee$56,730
Texas$67,860
Utah$60,090
Vermont$63,260
Virginia$63,150
Washington$76,420
West Virginia$55,240
Wisconsin$64,460
Wyoming$61,480