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Registered Nurse Salary by State

The following sortable table provides several useful data points about registered nurse salary, outlook, and cost of living in each state. The best states for nurses are ranked according to the percentage of a median home that the average annual salary buys (average annual salary/median home price) and the 10-year projected growth rate. You can sort any column in descending order by clicking on the header. Click on your state name to learn more about schools with nursing programs in your state.

RankState2012 Average Registered Nurse Salary2013 Zillow Median Property List Price% of Median Home Average Salary Buys (Higher = Better)2010 Total Registered Nurses EmployedProjected Registered Nurse Employment in 202010-year Growth Rate (2010-2020)Best States for Registered Nurses (Avg=1)
Indiana$57,520$125,00046%610507765027%1.28
Michigan$64,430$119,00054%8717010400019%1.28
Idaho$59,100$182,00032%115301619040%1.27
Ohio$60,970$120,00051%12613015238021%1.27
Oklahoma$55,980$140,90040%294803814029%1.21
Kansas$56,040$130,00043%294803696025%1.20
Texas$66,350$189,90035%18470024587033%1.20
Wisconsin$64,000$150,00043%577607154024%1.18
Colorado$67,920$232,20029%429105884037%1.16
Georgia$60,770$169,90036%691909002030%1.16
Kentucky$57,510$139,90041%474505937025%1.16
Arizona$71,390$214,90033%450805902031%1.13
Iowa$52,540$129,90040%324604011024%1.13
Alabama$55,270$160,00035%428905505028%1.11
West Virginia$54,490$135,00040%192602372023%1.11
Alaska$80,970$240,00034%4862620828%1.09
Minnesota$70,780$179,00040%570806966022%1.09
Montana$59,920$264,90023%87001206039%1.09
Louisiana$61,260$164,90037%424405202023%1.06
Missouri$56,990$134,90042%678508004018%1.06
New Mexico$66,710$199,00034%151501907026%1.06
South Carolina$58,940$176,05633%423305318026%1.04
Utah$59,810$233,90026%198502638033%1.04
Nevada$77,870$189,90041%174102037017%1.02
Tennessee$55,800$159,90035%562906901023%1.02
Oregon$78,530$250,00031%313003940026%1.00
Mississippi$57,740$149,50039%200902360017%0.99
Pennsylvania$65,000$168,50039%13647015961017%0.99
Illinois$66,260$159,00042%12410014075013%0.97
Nebraska$56,350$129,90043%220002469012%0.97
South Dakota$52,800$167,90031%6400792024%0.97
Maryland$71,090$259,00027%493406242027%0.95
Wyoming$60,690$215,90028%5130646026%0.95
Delaware$70,820$242,00029%104301293024%0.93
Florida$61,780$199,90031%16540020219022%0.93
Maine$60,700$192,50032%153401836020%0.92
Washington$75,350$255,00030%554006752022%0.92
Massachusetts$83,370$337,00025%8752011010026%0.90
Arkansas$55,360$139,90040%241602649010%0.88
New Hampshire$63,920$229,00028%139601706022%0.88
North Carolina$58,760$189,00031%9254010979019%0.88
Virginia$63,050$236,00027%631207786023%0.88
North Dakota$53,520$199,90027%7140870022%0.86
Connecticut$75,660$259,90029%373704451019%0.84
California$94,120$398,10024%25180030610022%0.81
Rhode Island$73,070$249,90029%129601500016%0.79
Vermont$63,350$229,00028%6470736014%0.74
New Jersey$75,820$275,00028%815909064011%0.69
Hawaii$84,750$499,00017%104501264021%0.67
New York$74,100$320,00023%17847020336014%0.65
Washington DC$75,790$477,75016%100801215021%0.65

Nursing Salary Factors

While the average salary for a state can be a helpful metric, the salary you earn depends on several factors.

  • Location.
  • Experience level.
  • Education level (associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s in nursing).
  • Nursing certifications.
  • Shift differentials (night shift nurses may receive extra compensation).
  • Type of employer (hospital or nursing agency).
  • Negotiation skills.
  • Role on the team (staff nurse or head nurse).

You can also find data on average salary in a specific metropolitan area at https://www.bls.gov/OES/current/oessrcma.htm.

References:
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcst.htm
2. Zillow.com: https://www.zillow.com/home-values/
3. Projections Central, Long Term Occupational Projections: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm