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Nurse Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$62,000
$39,000
$62,000
$98,000
Nurses in the United States make an average salary of $62,266 per year or $29.94 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $39,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $98,000. If you like following the crowd, health care and non profits companies tend to attract the most workers in this field. But if you're in it for the money, then you'll want to seek out health care, media, and professional companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. Hawaii, California, New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island provide the highest nurse salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Boston, MA
$85,523
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Map of Nurse Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Nurses earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Nurse Salary By Location

While a nurse can average a salary of $62,266 per year, or $29.94 per hour, there are many opportunities for nurses to make more. For example, in New York, NY you might make $86,315 per year. Other high-paying locations include Los Angeles, CA, Boston, MA and Washington, DC. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to New York, NY where the average starting salary is $46,000. The highest paying states for nurses include Hawaii, California and New York. Meanwhile, Missouri, Nebraska, and Kansas offer the lowest salaries.

City
Average Salary
Wilmington, DE
Wilmington, DE
$78,236
$78k

High Paying Nurse Jobs

Average Nurse Salary By Company

If you want to get paid the most as a nurse, being employed by a company such as US Oncology Holdings or Diplomat would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like BioLife Plasma Services LP and Tanner Health System also report highly competitive salaries for nurses.

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Nurse Salary History

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    Nurse Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a nurse can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Recently Added Nurse Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    State of Illinois
    State of Illinois
    Corrections Nurse II
    Corrections Nurse II
    Corrections Nurse II
    East Moline, IL
    East Moline, IL
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $70,140
    $70,140
    10/30/2020
    Nurse (Medsurg/Inpatient)
    Nurse (Medsurg/Inpatient)
    Wadsworth, NV
    Wadsworth, NV
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $51,197
    $51,197
    10/30/2020
    Nurse (Community Health)
    Nurse (Community Health)
    Winterhaven, CA
    Winterhaven, CA
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $60,837
    $60,837
    10/30/2020
    Nurse (Care Coordinator)
    Nurse (Care Coordinator)
    Sisseton, SD
    Sisseton, SD
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $60,837
    $60,837
    10/30/2020
    Indian Health Service
    Indian Health Service
    Nurse (Emergency Room Clinical Coach)
    Nurse (Emergency Room Clinical Coach)
    Nurse (Emergency Room Clinical Coach)
    Phoenix, AZ
    Phoenix, AZ
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $86,883
    $86,883
    10/30/2020
    Texas Health Resources
    Texas Health Resources
    Nurse Auditor Billing/Medicare CBO
    Nurse Auditor Billing/Medicare CBO
    Nurse Auditor Billing/Medicare CBO
    Arlington, TX
    Arlington, TX
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $77,657
    $77,657
    10/30/2020
    State of New York
    State of New York
    Nurse 1 (RN) and Nurse 2 (RN)
    Nurse 1 (RN) and Nurse 2 (RN)
    Nurse 1 (RN) and Nurse 2 (RN)
    New York, NY
    New York, NY
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $70,982
    $70,982
    10/29/2020
    Department of Veterans Affairs
    Department of Veterans Affairs
    Nurse (Float Pact)
    Nurse (Float Pact)
    Nurse (Float Pact)
    Seattle, WA
    Seattle, WA
    10/28/2020
    10/28/2020
    $95,349
    $95,349
    10/28/2020
    New York State Civil Service
    New York State Civil Service
    Nurse 1 (RN) and Nurse 2 (RN)
    Nurse 1 (RN) and Nurse 2 (RN)
    Nurse 1 (RN) and Nurse 2 (RN)
    New York, NY
    New York, NY
    10/28/2020
    10/28/2020
    $70,982
    $70,982
    10/28/2020
    Nurse (Outpatient)
    Nurse (Outpatient)
    Wolf Point, MT
    Wolf Point, MT
    10/27/2020
    10/27/2020
    $51,197
    $51,197
    10/27/2020