We used the most recent data to determine the best states for nurses to start their career.
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.
If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:
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 2016:
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 $101,750 and the average salary in Illinois is $70,890, 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: 92,670
Average Annual Salary: $69,100
Average Entry Level Salary: $51,590
Average Experienced Salary: $90,900
Location Quotient: 1.08
Total Jobs: 11,320
Average Annual Salary: $70,820
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,850
Average Experienced Salary: $94,490
Location Quotient: 1.26
Total Jobs: 61,830
Average Annual Salary: $73,940
Average Entry Level Salary: $50,260
Average Experienced Salary: $99,910
Location Quotient: 1.08
Total Jobs: 121,670
Average Annual Salary: $70,890
Average Entry Level Salary: $47,100
Average Experienced Salary: $99,590
Location Quotient: 1.01
Total Jobs: 35,220
Average Annual Salary: $87,000
Average Entry Level Salary: $64,270
Average Experienced Salary: $113,610
Location Quotient: 0.97
Total Jobs: 52,610
Average Annual Salary: $73,430
Average Entry Level Salary: $52,660
Average Experienced Salary: $98,790
Location Quotient: 0.97
Total Jobs: 207,810
Average Annual Salary: $70,390
Average Entry Level Salary: $50,360
Average Experienced Salary: $96,690
Location Quotient: 0.87
Total Jobs: 16,200
Average Annual Salary: $68,670
Average Entry Level Salary: $51,910
Average Experienced Salary: $92,090
Location Quotient: 0.99
Total Jobs: 55,350
Average Annual Salary: $80,120
Average Entry Level Salary: $54,050
Average Experienced Salary: $113,600
Location Quotient: 0.89
Total Jobs: 20,250
Average Annual Salary: $83,790
Average Entry Level Salary: $61,860
Average Experienced Salary: $105,880
Location Quotient: 0.78
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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