Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for registered 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 2,906,207 registered nurses currently employed in the United States.
- 87.7% of all registered nurses are women, while 12.3% are men.
- The average age of an employed registered nurse is 44 years old.
- The most common ethnicity of registered nurses is White (69.1%), followed by Black or African American (11.5%) and Hispanic or Latino (8.6%).
- The majority of registered nurses are located in New York, NY and Houston, TX.
- Registered nurses are paid an average annual salary of $72,033.
- Registered nurses average starting salary is $46,000.
- In 2021, women earned 94% of what men earned.
- The top 10% of highest-paid registered nurses earn as much as $110,000 or more.
- 8% of all registered nurses are LGBT.
- Registered nurses are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.
Registered Nurse Statistics By Gender
Among registered nurses, 87.7% of them are women compared to 12.3% which are men.
- Female, 87.7%
- Male, 12.3%
Registered Nurses By Gender
Gender Pay Gap For Registered Nurse
Women Earn 94¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men
Registered Nurse Gender Over Time
This data shows how men and women predominate in the registered nurse position over time.
Registered Nurse Gender By Year
Registered 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%|
Registered Nurse Statistics By Race
The most common ethnicity among registered nurses is White, which makes up 69.1% of all registered nurses. Comparatively, there are 11.5% of the Black or African American ethnicity and 8.6% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.
- White, 69.1%
- Black or African American, 11.5%
- Hispanic or Latino, 8.6%
- Asian, 8.5%
- Unknown, 1.8%
- American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5%
Registered Nurse Race
|Registered Nurse Race||Percentages|
|Black or African American||11.5%|
|Hispanic or Latino||8.6%|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.5%|
Registered 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 registered nurses.
- Hispanic or Latino
- Black or African American
Registered Nurse Race By Year
|Year||White||Black or African American||Asian||Hispanic or Latino|
Registered Nurse Wage Gap By Race
|Black or African American||$72,954|
|Hispanic or Latino||$77,554|
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Average Age of a Registered Nurse
We determined the average age of registered nurses based on ethnicity and gender.
Registered 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|
Registered Nurse Age Breakdown
This chart breaks down the ages of registered nurse employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of registered nurses is 40+ years old, which represents 61% of the population.
Registered Nurse Age
|Registered Nurse Years||Percentages|
Types of Registered Nurse Degree Levels
The most common degree for registered nurses is associate degree 46% of registered nurses earn that degree. A close second is bachelor's degree with 44% and rounding it off is master's degree with 5%.
- Associate, 46%
- Bachelors, 44%
- Masters, 5%
- Diploma, 5%
- Other Degrees, 0%
Registered Nurses By Education
|Registered Nurse Degree||Percentages|
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Registered Nurse Wage Gap By Education
|Some College/ Associate Degree||$67,764|
Registered Nurse Employment Statistics
This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ registered nurses. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most registered nurses is the health care industry.
We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire registered nurses.
< 50 employees
50 - 100 employees
100 - 500 employees
500 - 1,000 employees
1,000 - 10,000 employees
Registered Nurse Jobs By Employer Size
|< 50 employees||1%|
|50 - 100 employees||1%|
|100 - 500 employees||6%|
|500 - 1,000 employees||8%|
|1,000 - 10,000 employees||63%|
|> 10,000 employees||20%|
The Types Of Companies Registered Nurse Work In
Employees with the registered nurse job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most registered nurses prefer to work at private companies over public companies.
Registered Nurse Jobs By Sector
Top Industries Hiring Registered Nurses
Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ registered nurses. Those industries include health care, non profits and non profits.
Registered Nurse Turnover And Employment Statistics
Registered 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 registered nurses changed.
- Unemployment rate
Registered Nurse Unemployment Rate By Year
|Year||Registered Nurse Unemployment Rate|
The Average Number of Years That Registered Nurse Stay in a Job
By looking over 410,140 registered nurses resumes, we figured out that the average registered nurse enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 30%.
Less than one year
Registered Nurse Tenure
|Number or Years||Percentages|
|Less than 1 year||22%|
Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Registered 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 registered nurses.
|Job Title||LGBT||Job Openings|
|Anesthesiologist And Critical Care||13.39%||68,091|
|Auricular Detoxification Specialist||16.48%||3,152|
Foreign Languages Spoken By Registered Nurses
The most common foreign language among registered nurses is Spanish at 58.5%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 8.0% and Russian is the third-most popular at 4.8%.
- Spanish, 58.5%
- French, 8.0%
- Russian, 4.8%
- Portuguese, 3.1%
- Chinese, 2.9%
- Other, 22.7%
Registered Nurse Languages Spoken
Registered Nurse Jobs
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