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Registered Nurses are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as registered nurses in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since registered nurses are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where registered nurses have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.
To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for registered nurses.
After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s registered nurses:
So there you have it — Registered Nurses is the best of the best when it comes to being a registered nurse.
How did Registered Nurses end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for registered nurses and for more on the top ten states.
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Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best states for registered nurses in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well registered nurses get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2018:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for registered nurses in California is $106,950 and the average salary in Illinois is $73,890, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.
In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for registered nurses in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for registered nurses.
Total Jobs: 96,680
Average Annual Salary: $71,330
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,750
Average Experienced Salary: $93,590
Location Quotient: 1.1
Total Jobs: 69,000
Average Annual Salary: $78,920
Average Entry Level Salary: $56,150
Average Experienced Salary: $102,680
Location Quotient: 1.18
Total Jobs: 11,840
Average Annual Salary: $74,800
Average Entry Level Salary: $55,280
Average Experienced Salary: $100,060
Location Quotient: 1.29
Total Jobs: 129,400
Average Annual Salary: $73,890
Average Entry Level Salary: $51,190
Average Experienced Salary: $101,650
Location Quotient: 1.06
Total Jobs: 36,020
Average Annual Salary: $91,080
Average Entry Level Salary: $66,830
Average Experienced Salary: $121,120
Location Quotient: 0.94
Total Jobs: 210,350
Average Annual Salary: $72,890
Average Entry Level Salary: $52,590
Average Experienced Salary: $98,170
Location Quotient: 0.85
Total Jobs: 22,560
Average Annual Salary: $85,620
Average Entry Level Salary: $64,720
Average Experienced Salary: $111,690
Location Quotient: 0.82
Total Jobs: 54,690
Average Annual Salary: $77,000
Average Entry Level Salary: $55,580
Average Experienced Salary: $100,720
Location Quotient: 0.96
Total Jobs: 59,030
Average Annual Salary: $71,470
Average Entry Level Salary: $54,290
Average Experienced Salary: $94,290
Location Quotient: 1.02
Total Jobs: 16,730
Average Annual Salary: $71,730
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,620
Average Experienced Salary: $95,320
Location Quotient: 1.01
If you’re looking to start out your career as a registered nurse these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
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