RN Salary Guide by State

Knowing the average RN salary can be helpful when you’re looking for a nursing job. Since nursing salaries can vary from state to state, understanding which states have the highest earning potential allows you to more effectively choose where you want to practice.

This guide provides you the tools you need to learn what the average RN salary is nationwide, as well as on a state-by-state basis.

Salaries for Registered Nurses

The median annual salary for registered nurses is $68,450 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This can vary considerably based on what field or specialty of nursing you focus on, as well as by geography. The highest 10 percent of nursing salaries are above $102,990, while the lowest 10 percent are less than $47,120. The salaries of nurses working in hospitals or for the government tend to be above the national median, while nurses who work in residential care facilities or physicians’ offices earn salaries below the national median.

Experience is also a significant factor in RN salary. According to PayScale, starting salaries for nurses are usually around $5,000 lower than the median salary for RNs.

Nursing careers are growing much more quickly than other careers in the United States. According to the BLS, employment of RNs is expected to grow 16 percent by 2024.

RN Salary Guide by State

Knowing the average RN salary in your state can help you better assess job opportunities. The highest nursing salaries in the United States can be found in California, Massachusetts, Hawaii and Oregon. The mean salary in New Hampshire, the location of Rivier University, is $68,680. Vermont and Maine both have similar mean salaries, at $67,780 and $63,800 respectively, but the mean salary in nearby Massachusetts is $89,060.

Data in this map, as well as in the breakdown below, is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

RN Salary: The Breakdown

The map above can help you determine what the RN salary is in your state or surrounding states. It’s a useful visual representation of the data in the table below. This table can be helpful for quickly finding the annual mean salary in a particular state, as well as easily comparing the salaries in different states.

State Annual Mean Sala1ry
Alabama $56,900
Alaska $86,450
Arizona $73,430
Arkansas $57,630
California $101,750
Colorado $70,550
Colorado $70,550
Connecticut $78,270
Delaware $70,820
Florida $64,630
Georgia $64,750
Hawaii $88,910
Idaho $62,470
Illinois $70,890
Indiana $60,050
Iowa $56,290
Kansas $58,260
Kentucky $59,810
Louisiana $63,370
Maine $63,800
Maryland $74,710
Massachusetts $89,060
Michigan $69,100
Minnesota $73,940
Mississippi $57,010
Missouri $60,830
Montana $64,300
Nebraska $60,370
Nevada $83,790
New Hampshire $68,680
New Jersey $80,580
New Mexico $68,670
New York $80,830
North Carolina $61,330
North Dakota $60,840
Ohio $63,960
Oklahoma $60,630
Oregon $87,000
Pennsylvania $68,770
Rhode Island $75,200
South Carolina $63,470
South Dakota $55,920
Tennessee $58,410
Texas $70,390
Utah $62,360
Vermont $67,780
Virginia $66,670
Washington $80,120
West Virginia $59,380
Wisconsin $67,930
Wyoming $62,980

Get Your Nursing Degree With Rivier University

The first step in advancing your nursing career is getting the right education. Rivier University offers an online RN to BSN program that can help you achieve your nursing goals, no matter where you live. Learn in a dynamic online environment on a schedule that works with your busy life.