Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for nurses in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:
- There are over 3,041,281 nurses currently employed in the United States.
- 86.0% of all nurses are women, while 14.0% are men.
- The average age of an employed nurse is 44 years old.
- The most common ethnicity of nurses is White (69.6%), followed by Black or African American (11.4%), Hispanic or Latino (8.8%) and Asian (7.9%).
- Nurses are most in-demand in Omaha, NE.
- The government industry is the highest-paying for nurses.
- San Francisco, CA pays an annual average wage of $81,015, the highest in the US.
- In 2021, women earned 95% of what men earned.
- 8% of all nurses are LGBT.
- Massachusetts is the best state for nurses to live.
- Nurses are 66% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.
Nurse Statistics By Gender
86.0% of nurses are women and 14.0% of nurses are men.
- Female, 86.0%
- Male, 14.0%
Nurses By Gender
Gender Pay Gap For Nurse
Women Earn 95¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men
Nurse Gender Over Time
This data shows how men and women predominate in the nurse position over time.
Nurse Gender By Year
Nurse Male to Female Ratio
We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, flight surgeon and optometrist, owner have the biggest difference in gender.
|Staff Nurse Midwife||2%||98%|
Nurse Statistics By Race
The most common ethnicity among nurses is White, which makes up 69.6% of all nurses. Comparatively, there are 11.4% of the Black or African American ethnicity and 8.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.
- White, 69.6%
- Black or African American, 11.4%
- Hispanic or Latino, 8.8%
- Asian, 7.9%
- Unknown, 1.9%
- American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.4%
|Black or African American||11.4%|
|Hispanic or Latino||8.8%|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.4%|
Nurse Race And Ethnicity Over Time
Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among nurses.
- Hispanic or Latino
- Black or African American
Nurse Race By Year
|Year||White||Black or African American||Asian||Hispanic or Latino|
Nurse Wage Gap By Race
|Black or African American||$65,610|
|Hispanic or Latino||$69,342|
Average Age of a Nurse
We determined the average age of nurses based on ethnicity and gender.
Nurse Age By Race
|Race||Male Age||Female Age|
|Black or African American||45||46|
|Hispanic or Latino||40||38|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||44|
Nurse Age Breakdown
This chart breaks down the ages of nurse employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of nurses is 40+ years old, which represents 61% of the population.
Types of Nurse Degree Levels
The most common degree for nurses is bachelor's degree 43% of nurses earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 35% and rounding it off is diploma with 9%.
- Bachelors, 43%
- Associate, 35%
- Diploma, 9%
- Masters, 7%
- Other Degrees, 6%
Nurses By Education
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Nurse Wage Gap By Education
|Some College/ Associate Degree||$61,363|
Nurse Employment Statistics
This section highlights information about where nurses work. We found most nurses work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most nurses is the health care industry.
We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire nurses.
< 50 employees
50 - 100 employees
100 - 500 employees
500 - 1,000 employees
1,000 - 10,000 employees
Nurse Jobs By Employer Size
|< 50 employees||5%|
|50 - 100 employees||3%|
|100 - 500 employees||10%|
|500 - 1,000 employees||15%|
|1,000 - 10,000 employees||47%|
|> 10,000 employees||20%|
The Types Of Companies Nurse Work In
Employees with the nurse job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most nurses prefer to work at private companies over public companies.
Nurse Jobs By Sector
Top Industries Hiring Nurses
Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ nurses. Those industries include health care, insurance and professional.
Nurse Turnover And Employment Statistics
Nurse Unemployment Rate Over Time
The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of nurses changed.
- Unemployment rate
Nurse Unemployment Rate By Year
|Year||Nurse Unemployment Rate|
The Average Number of Years That Nurse Stay in a Job
By looking over 65,309 nurses resumes, we figured out that the average nurse enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 34%.
Less than one year
|Number or Years||Percentages|
|Less than 1 year||24%|
Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Nurses with Other Job Titles
After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to nurses.
|Job Title||LGBT||Job Openings|
|Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Technician||7.51%||6,831|
|Environmental Health Physician||13.39%||121,763|
|Chief, Optometry Service||13.47%||20,889|
Foreign Languages Spoken By Nurses
The most common foreign language among nurses is Spanish at 61.2%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 8.0% and Russian is the third-most popular at 4.9%.
- Spanish, 61.2%
- French, 8.0%
- Russian, 4.9%
- Chinese, 2.7%
- Tagalog, 2.7%
- Other, 20.5%
Nurse Languages Spoken