How Much do Registered Nurses Make?

Do registered nurses make a lot of money? What is the average pay for registered nurses?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses in the United States earn an average of $77,460 a year, equivalent to $37.24 an hour. Registered nurses make 45% more than the average American worker.

Registered nurses in California are the best paid, making $113,240 a year, while registered nurses in South Dakota make the least at $59,540.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Registered Nurse Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $53.47 $111,220
75th $43.64 $90,760
50th $35.24 $73,300
25th $28.90 $60,110
10th $25.04 $52,080
Registered Nurse Wages by State

In what states do registered nurses make the most? In what states do registered nurses make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $28.96 $60,230
Alaska $43.51 $90,500
Arizona $37.66 $78,330
Arkansas $29.49 $61,330
California $54.44 $113,240
Colorado $36.65 $76,230
Connecticut $40.12 $83,440
Delaware $35.63 $74,100
Florida $32.50 $67,610
Georgia $33.46 $69,590
Hawaii $50.03 $104,060
Idaho $33.40 $69,480
Illinois $35.34 $73,510
Indiana $32.00 $66,560
Iowa $29.13 $60,590
Kansas $30.02 $62,450
Kentucky $30.65 $63,750
Louisiana $31.66 $65,850
Maine $33.54 $69,760
Maryland $37.46 $77,910
Massachusetts $44.79 $93,160
Michigan $35.19 $73,200
Minnesota $38.52 $80,130
Mississippi $28.73 $59,750
Missouri $30.85 $64,160
Montana $33.34 $69,340
Nebraska $32.04 $66,640
Nevada $42.49 $88,380
New Hampshire $35.52 $73,880
New Jersey $40.52 $84,280
New Mexico $35.24 $73,300
New York $42.23 $87,840
North Carolina $31.94 $66,440
North Dakota $31.87 $66,290
Ohio $32.80 $68,220
Oklahoma $31.15 $64,800
Oregon $44.69 $92,960
Pennsylvania $34.33 $71,410
Rhode Island $39.57 $82,310
South Carolina $31.17 $64,840
South Dakota $28.63 $59,540
Tennessee $30.08 $62,570
Texas $35.84 $74,540
Utah $32.68 $67,970
Vermont $33.77 $70,240
Virginia $34.56 $71,870
Washington $41.43 $86,170
West Virginia $30.39 $63,220
Wisconsin $34.91 $72,610
Wyoming $33.03 $68,690
Metro Areas Where Registered Nurses Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
San Jose, CA $67.67 $140,740
San Francisco, CA $66.35 $138,000
Santa Cruz, CA $64.42 $134,000
Salinas, CA $64.22 $133,580
Vallejo, CA $63.45 $131,970
Sacramento, CA $60.85 $126,560
Yuba City, CA $57.34 $119,260
Modesto, CA $54.22 $112,790
Stockton, CA $52.99 $110,220
Santa Barbara, CA $52.38 $108,940
Registered Nurse Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $37.24 $77,460
2018 $36.30 $75,510
2017 $35.36 $73,550
2016 $34.70 $72,180
2015 $34.14 $71,000
2014 $33.55 $69,790
2013 $33.13 $68,910
2012 $32.66 $67,930