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Which are the Highest Paying States for Nurses? by Idowu Olabode : September 09, 2016, 08:13:06 PM
A nurse is a specialist trained to care for the sick and/or elderly, but this is a highly simplistic description of the numerous jobs nurses undertake to improve the quality of life of their patients. Nurses bridge the gap between patients and doctors and help the former to recover by providing constant care. In a case of a patient with a terminal illness nurses are often employed at home, so the patient is not hospitalized and separated from their family, especially during their last days.

To become a registered nurse in the United States, you need to earn one of three degrees: a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BDN), an associate degree in nursing (ADN), or a nursing diploma. Another prerequisite is taking and passing the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, after which you officially qualify as a registered nurse. The average registered nurse earns $71,000 in the United States, but the salary increases significantly if you choose to train further and specialize in a particular field.

11. Connecticut

Average Annual Salary: $77,330

Average Hourly Salary: $37.18


We start off our list with the Nutmeg State, where 32,440 registered nurses earn their living. For the third smallest state by area in the United States, this is by no means a small number. Of this figure, almost 7,000 nurses work in Worcester, where the average annual salary is the highest of all the areas in Connecticut.

10. Washington

Average Annual Salary: $78,130

Average Hourly Salary: $37.56

The Evergreen State comes next on our list, with 52,880 registered nurses. Over 20,000 nurses reside in Seattle, Bellevue or Everett (Metropolitan divisions), where the salary is higher than the state average, approximately $80,000.

9. New York

Average Annual Salary: $78,950

Average Hourly Salary: $37.96

We now come to the distinguished Empire State, home to the glorious Big Apple and many nurses; 171,880 to be exact. This is not surprising, considering that New York is the fourth most populous state in the country. Most of these nurses work in the New York City, Northern New Jersey, or Long Island, where they earn the highest salary this state has to offer, which is approximately $80,000.

8. Washington, D.C.

Average Annual Salary: $79,560

Average Hourly Salary: $38.25

From one of the biggest and most populated states on this list, we come to the much smaller federal capital of the United States, the District of Columbia. Washington, D.C. is a federal district and not part of any state, which is why we have taken it as a separate entry on our list. Around 10,530 nurses are employed here and they earn close to $80,000 on average.

7. New Jersey

Average Annual Salary: $79,840

Average Hourly Salary: $38.38

The Garden State may be the fourth-smallest, but its size does not stop it from also being the most densely populated in the United States. 78,460 registered nurses are employed in New Jersey, out of which most work in White Plains, Newark, Union, New Brunswick, or Edison, where they earn the most, following the trend of the previous states.

6. Nevada

Average Annual Salary: $81,460

Average Hourly Salary: $39.16

Nevada becomes the first state on our list of 11 Highest Paying States for Nurses to surpass the $80,000 mark for its average annual salary. Nevada – which is Spanish for snow-covered – is also known as the Silver State. 19,470 nurses work here, which is much less than the previous entry on this list. Most of the state’s nurses reside in Paradise or Las Vegas, where they enjoy the highest salary in the state.

5. Oregon

Average Annual Salary: $83,800

Average Hourly Salary: $40.29

After the Silver State, another record is broken! Oregon becomes the first state on our list to surpass the $40 mark for its average hourly salary. The Beaver State is where 32,490 nurses find employment, out of which most are found working in Portland, Vancouver, and Hillsboro.

4. Alaska

Average Annual Salary: $88,510

Average Hourly Salary: $42.55

Despite being the largest state by area, Alaska is the least densely populated of all states. That explains why this state, dubbed “The Last Frontier”, employs the fewest nurses of all states on this list, a mere 5,910, but it certainly doesn’t disappoint in terms of annual salary, which amounts to $88,510 on average. More than half of these nurses work in Anchorage.

3. Massachusetts

Average Annual Salary: $88,650

Average Hourly Salary: $42.62

One of the smaller states in this list, the Bay State still makes its way up to number three. Of the 83,780 registered nurses who work here, most reside in Cambridge, Boston or Quincy.

2. Hawaii

Average Annual Salary: $90,130

Average Hourly Salary: $43.33

The Aloha State lands on number 2, and with it brings the average annual salary up to an astounding $90,130. The state has 10,990 registered nurses employed, of which a large percentage earn their living in the state capital and largest city, Honolulu.

1. California

Average Annual Salary: $101,260

Average Hourly Salary: $48.68

Number 1 on our list of the 11 highest paying states for nurses is the Golden State and the most populous in the United States, California. Not only does it provide jobs to 255,010 registered nurses, far more than any other state, it also pays them exceptionally well, over $100,000 annually on average.

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Re: Which are the Highest Paying States for Nurses? by desy24444 : September 10, 2016, 06:40:08 AM
Good job admin. More grease to ur elbow

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