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US Nurse Salaries Averaged by State

How much can a Nurse earn on average?

Planning a career in nursing includes expectations of how much one can earn for the effort involved. As with all careers, earnings are based on the demand and competitive nature of the job market, which adjusts for the cost of living in one area or another. Jobs with specific certifications also impact earnings, with more pay or incentives for specialties and in demand positions. Here are the average earnings for the job title “Registered Nurses” across the United States.

Note: Annual salary averages do not include complete benefit calculations, which can greatly skew the total income a Registered Nurse might receive. For example: stipends or bonus offerings, 401K or profit sharing plans, moving expenses, transportation or parking compensation and reimbursement for higher education.

StateHourly WageAnnual Salary
New York – RN Salary$34.14$71,021
Massachusetts – RN Salary$33.97$70,658
Maryland – RN Salary$32.06$66,694
Nebraska – RN Salary$31.49$65,503
California – RN Salary$31.29$65,088
Vermont – RN Salary$31.29$65,088
Alaska – RN Salary$31.25$65,000
Nevada – RN Salary$31.25$65,000
Montana – RN Salary$31.25$65,000
North Dakota – RN Salary$31.25$65,000
Wyoming – RN Salary$31.25$65,000
Idaho – RN Salary$31.25$65,000
West Virginia – RN Salary$31.13$64,743
Washington – RN Salary$31.05$64,584
Hawaii – RN Salary$31.03$64,550
Connecticut – RN Salary$31.01$64,509
Virginia – RN Salary$30.59$63,618
Delaware – RN Salary$30.58$63,607
Arizona – RN Salary$30.53$63,499
New Hampshire – RN Salary$29.91$62,220
Rhode Island – RN Salary$29.90$62,195
New Jersey – RN Salary$29.78$61,937
Pennsylvania – RN Salary$29.70$61,786
Minnesota – RN Salary$29.61$61,592
Colorado – RN Salary$29.57$61,496
South Dakota – RN Salary$29.56$61,485
Louisiana – RN Salary$29.54$61,451
Oregon – RN Salary$29.46$61,272
South Carolina – RN Salary$29.42$61,203
Tennessee – RN Salary$29.28$60,907
Kansas – RN Salary$29.23$60,808
Kentucky – RN Salary$29.23$60,806
Ohio – RN Salary$29.21$60,761
Iowa – RN Salary$29.11$60,555
Indiana – RN Salary$29.04$60,397
Oklahoma – RN Salary$29.01$60,347
Utah – RN Salary$28.67$59,627
Wisconsin – RN Salary$28.43$59,132
Alabama – RN Salary$28.30$58,865
Georgia – RN Salary$28.15$58,550
Arkansas – RN Salary$28.12$58,489
New Mexico – RN Salary$28.01$58,255
Texas – RN Salary$27.88$57,984
Mississippi – RN Salary$27.61$57,430
Maine – RN Salary$27.47$57,130
Michigan – RN Salary$27.28$56,752
Illinois – RN Salary$27.19$56,559
Missouri – RN Salary$27.16$56,503
Florida – RN Salary$26.24$54,585
North Carolina – RN Salary$24.61$51,185
Source US Bureau of Labor and Statistics,