Now You Know | Highest Paying States for USRNs

September 03, 2020  |  Unistaff

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If you’re a nurse looking for opportunities in the USA, then one of the biggest decisions you would have to make is choosing which state to work in. The location of your chosen facility will determine the average salary you can expect to receive. To give you an overview of the average pay scale in every state, we prepared this handy salary guide to aid your decision-making process.

An international career in healthcare often comes with stability, great pay, self-fulfilment and opportunities for development. Many consider it to be a calling, rather than just a job. People who enter this field are passionate and caring individuals who strive to do their best every single day. They persevere through extreme hardships to improve the health of others in the communities they serve. More often than not, they put the well-being of those they care for ahead of their own. 

Those of us who don’t work in the healthcare industry should take a moment to imagine putting ourselves in their shoes. Their life is rough, to say the least. They truly deserve to be called, “heroes!” 

The current global situation has made it even clearer that healthcare professionals are more valuable than ever. The nursing profession is experiencing a surge in demand. And it is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. In the USA alone, a vast number of foreign nurses are in great demand to fill their nursing shortage. 

Many nursing specialty areas also suffer from severe shortages. The US employers that we at UNISTAFF work with closely, are currently in need of foreign nurses with the following specializations:

○ ICU

○ ER

○ OR

○ CCU

○ Medical Surgical

○ PACU

 

These needs stem from a rapidly aging population and the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the USA. 

The ongoing global uncertainty should not prevent you from making career plans. You can start doing research to find out more about the benefits and average pay of registered nurses across the United States.

Searching for a job opportunity in another country requires more careful thought and effort, than just finding the job itself. You’re probably considering several other things, such as:

✔ which city or state to move to

✔ potential earnings in your chosen state

✔ level of job market competitiveness

✔ your future employer’s work environment

✔ accommodation options

✔ quality of life

✔ cost of living

✔ cultural diversity 

✔ community vibe

 

You probably have more to add to this list! For now, let’s take a closer look at the highest paying cities in the USA, by evaluating the average nursing salaries as compared to the cost of living. 

 

Nurses’ Salary

 

How much do nurses make? 

 

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), registered nurses earn an average salary of $71,730, and an average hourly wage of $34.48.

These rates can vary greatly depending on employer, experience, and nurse’s specialization. For instance, nurses working in government positions make an average salary of $78,390, while those working in education services earn an average salary of $61,850. 

Here’s a 2017 reference for employment and wages for registered nurses in the USA:

US Nursing Average Salary per Sector Infographic

 

Here are the 10 US States with the highest average salary for USRNs

State of California

  • Average Salary: $107,725

  • Lowest 10% Earn: $64,000

  • Population: 39,536,653

  • Job Count: 20,395

 

Nevada

  • Average Salary: $87,689

  • Lowest 10% Earn: $51,000

  • Population: 2,998,039

  • Job Count: 1,393

 

District of Columbia

  • Average Salary: $87,026

  • Lowest 10% Earn: $49,000

  • Population: 693,972

  • Job Count: 502

 

Oregon

  • Average Salary: $85,617

  • Lowest 10% Earn: $47,000

  • Population: 4,142,776

  • Job Count: 3,110

 

New York

  • Average Salary: $85,043

  • Lowest 10% Earn: $49,000

  • Population: 19,849,399 

  • Job Count: 14,690

 

Massachusetts

  • Average Salary: $83,179

  • Lowest 10% Earn: $49,000

  • Population: 6,859,819

  • Job Count: 6,559

 

New Jersey

  • Average Salary: $82,520

  • Lowest 10% Earn: $48,000

  • Population: 9,005,644

  • Job Count: 7,669

 

Connecticut

  • Average Salary: $82,184

  • Lowest 10% Earn: $48,000

  • Population: 3,588,184

  • Job Count: 3,291

 

Rhode Island

  • Average Salary: $81,098

  • Lowest 10% Earn: $48,000

  • Population: 1,059,639

  • Job Count: 836

 

Delaware

  • Average Salary: $78,711

  • Lowest 10% Earn: $45,000

  • Population: 961,939

  • Job Count: 753



For your information, here is the complete list of the 51 states’ average salary for nurses in 2020, starting with the 10 states above.  (Source: https://www.zippia.com/registered-nurse-jobs/best-states/)

Rank    

State                              

Average Salary   

 

Population      

 

1

California

$107,725

 

39M

 

2

Nevada

$87,689

 

2M

 

3

District of Columbia  

$87,026

 

693K

 

4

Oregon

$85,617

 

4M

 

5

New York

$85,043

 

19M

 

6

Massachusetts

$83,179

 

6M

 

7

New Jersey

$82,520

 

9M

 

8

Connecticut

$82,184

 

3M

 

9

Rhode Island

$81,098

 

1M

 

10

Delaware

$78,711

 

961K

 

11

Arizona

$78,495

 

7M

 

12

Maryland

$78,395

 

6M

 

13

New Mexico

$75,193

 

2M

 

14

Minnesota

$74,930

 

5M

 

15

Hawaii

$74,284

 

1M

 

16

Washington

$73,129

 

7M

 

17

Pennsylvania

$72,644

 

12M

 

18

Texas

$71,866

 

28M

 

19

Colorado

$71,533

 

5M

 

20

Michigan

$71,026

 

9M

 

21

New Hampshire

$70,997

 

1M

 

22

Virginia

$69,438

 

8M

 

23

Alaska

$69,045

 

739K

 

24

Illinois

$68,966

 

12M

 

25

Wisconsin

$68,269

 

5M

 

26

Maine

$67,249

 

1M

 

27

Louisiana

$67,125

 

4M

 

28

Georgia

$67,077

 

10M

 

29

Utah

$66,410

 

3M

 

30

West Virginia

$65,461

 

1M

 

31

Idaho

$64,773

 

1M

 

32

Oklahoma

$64,566

 

3M

 

33

Wyoming

$64,216

 

579K

 

34

Arkansas

$64,148

 

3M

 

35

Ohio

$63,533

 

11M

 

36

Florida

$63,249

 

20M

 

37

Vermont

$63,245

 

623K

 

38

Tennessee

$62,709

 

6M

 

39

North Carolina

$62,368

 

10M

 

40

Indiana

$62,345

 

6M

 

41

Kentucky

$61,730

 

4M

 

42

South Carolina

$60,518

 

5M

 

43

North Dakota

$60,394

 

755K

 

44

Montana

$59,752

 

1M

 

45

Missouri

$59,402

 

6M

 

46

Alabama

$58,792

 

4M

 

47

Mississippi

$58,443

 

2M

 

48

Nebraska

$57,555

 

1M

 

49

Kansas

$57,370

 

2M

 

50

Iowa

$55,462

 

3M

 

51

South Dakota

$53,977

 

869K

 


 

Now you know! 

Now that you have information on the average salary in each state, we hope that it helps to manage your expectations. While there are many other factors to consider, this gives you a good starting point towards understanding the salary you could potentially earn. 

IMPORTANT: Before choosing the state you want to work in, make sure to check each state’s requirements before taking your NCLEX exam. We’ve created a guide with tips and strategies when choosing states for those of you who are ready to process your NCLEX - check it out!

 

There’s no denying that securing a job with a reputable employer in the USA is filled with complex procedures. But don’t worry! We’re here to make things go as smoothly as possible for you. 

Check out the United States Candidate Development Program (USCDP). When you sign up to become a member, you gain access to the latest information, job openings and expert advice to help you navigate the process of becoming a US Registered Nurse and achieving your dreams of working abroad.

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Register today to enjoy all the benefits and get one step closer to achieving your goals!

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References:

https://www.zippia.com/registered-nurse-jobs/best-states/

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm#tab-5

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm

https://www.bls.gov/oes/2017/may/oes291141.htm

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