RN Salary Comparison by State (2012)

- 02/24/2014

Comparison of RN Salary by StateThe Registered Nurse (RN) is the most commonly used nursing occupation. RNs are found in hospitals, clinics, medical centers, and even home-based care. Many students elect to complete RN programs because the salary is very competitive. The averageRN salary in the U.S.is over $65,000 per year, or about $31 per hour.

Also, the job prospects for registered nurses is very good. The BLS projects thatregistered nurse jobs will grow by 19%over the next decade, resulting in over 500,000 new RN jobs across the country. In the section below we’ve identified which states pay the best RN salary.

2012 Annual RN Salary Comparison by State

It’s important to understand that the dollar amount of RN salary itself doesn’t tell a whole lot. In order to see which states have theBEST RN salary, it’s important tomeasure RN salary against median salaryfor the state. This will give you a better idea of what the average worker in the state earns compared with registered nurses. The data shows that California and Nevada are the best places to be a registered nurse. Not because they have high salaries, but because RNs in those states earn significantly more than the average worker. It’s for this reason that many students are enrolling inRN programs, so they can qualify for these excellent salaries. On average, RN salary is 25% higher than median salary.

State 2012 Median Income 2012 RN Income RN Income Difference
Alabama $43,472 54美元,100 +24%
Alaska $61,139 $80,600 +32%
Arizona $48,340 71200美元 +47%
Arkansas $40,591 54美元,400 +34%
California $55,751 $91,300 +64%
Colorado $58,555 $67,000 +14%
Connecticut $65,515 $74,600 +14%
Delaware $52,387 $69,900 +33%
District of Columbia $60,826 $75,500 +24%
Florida $46,059 $60,100 +30%
Georgia $47,527 $61,200 +29%
Hawaii $58,272 $85,200 +46%
Idaho $48,186 $58,300 +21%
Illinois $51,716 $65,200 +26%
印第安纳州 $45,766 $56,600 +24%
Iowa $52,355 $51,700 -1%
Kansas $48,557 $55,400 +14%
Kentucky $40,887 $56,600 +38%
Louisiana $40,296 $59,800 + 48%
Maine $49,944 $59,800 +20%
Maryland $71,075 $70,300 -1%
Massachusetts $64,146 $79,500 +24%
Michigan $49,957 $63,800 +28%
Minnesota $60,411 $70,600 +17%
Mississippi $39,295 $55,200 +40%
Missouri $48,247 $55,500 +15%
Montana $43,104 $58,200 +35%
Nebraska 54美元,487 $55,200 +1%
Nevada $47,679 $77,600 +63%
New Hampshire $67,538 $62,200 -8%
New Jersey $65,166 $75,900 +16%
New Mexico $43,142 $66,000 +53%
New York $49,687 $73,100 +47%
North Carolina $43,852 $58,000 +32%
North Dakota $56,652 $53,300 -6%
Ohio $44,978 $60,000 +33%
Oklahoma $48,937 $55,700 +14%
Oregon $52,189 $78,800 +51%
Pennsylvania $51,428 $63,600 +24%
Rhode Island $53,061 $72,900 +37%
South Carolina $42,661 $57,700 +35%
South Dakota $48,812 $50,400 +3%
Tennessee $43,079 $55,100 +28%
Texas $50,999 $65,700 +29%
Utah $57,497 $58,700 +2%
Vermont 54美元,264 $61,100 +13%
Virginia $64,278 $62,600 -3%
Washington $60,112 $74,300 +24%
West Virginia $43,124 $53,100 +23%
Wisconsin $53,112 $63,000 +19%
Wyoming $56,580 $59,600 +5%

All salary and wage data is provided by theU.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 Occupational Employment Statistics Survey.