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Registered Nurse Demographics in the US

The average employee age for registered nurses is 44 years. The registered nurse workforce reached a whopping 2,906,207 in 2020!

Among registered nurses, we discovered that 81.9% of them are women, while 13.6% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among registered nurses is White, which makes up 69.2% of all registered nurses. Comparatively, there are 12.6% of the Black or African American ethnicity and 8.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. The majority of registered nurses are located in NY, New York and TX, Houston.

Registered Nurse Statistics and Facts in the US

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.
  • 81.9% of all registered nurses are women, while only 13.6% are men.
  • The average age of an employed registered nurse is 44 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of registered nurses is White (69.2%), followed by Black or African American (12.6%) and Hispanic or Latino (8.0%).
  • The majority of registered nurses are located in NY, New York and TX, Houston.
  • Registered nurses are most in-demand in Atlanta, GA.
  • Registered nurses are paid an average annual salary of $63,827.
  • Los Angeles, CA pays an annual average wage of $94,843, the highest in the US.
  • Registered nurses average starting salary is $46,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 95% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid registered nurses earn as much as $88,000 or more.
  • Alaska is the best state for registered nurses to live.
  • Registered nurses are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to education companies.

Registered Nurse Statistics by Race

The most common ethnicity among registered nurses is White, which makes up 69.2% of all registered nurses. Comparatively, there are 12.6% of the Black or African American ethnicity and 8.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

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  • White, 69.2%
  • Black or African American, 12.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 8.0%
  • Asian, 7.9%
  • Unknown, 1.9%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.4%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Registered Nurses

The chart below shows that 58.5% of registered nurses speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 8.0% and Russian is the third-most popular at 4.8%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 58.5%
  • French, 8.0%
  • Russian, 4.8%
  • Portuguese, 3.1%
  • Chinese, 2.9%
  • Other, 22.7%

Types of Registered Nurse Degree Levels

Job Title
  • Associate degree, 42%
  • Bachelors degree, 41%
  • Masters degree, 4%
  • Diploma degree, 4%
  • Other Degrees, 9%

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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.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire registered nurses.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

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 education companies.

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Private

Public

Education

Government

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 professional.

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Health Care

Non Profits

Professional

Education

Fortune 500

Registered Nurse Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as registered nurses. Keep reading to find out what the results for registered nurses were.

Registered Nurse Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among registered nurses.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Registered Nurse Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the registered nurse position over time.

Male
Female
31%
29%
26%
24%
21%
19%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

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

Average Age of a Registered Nurse Based On Race And Gender

We determined the average age of registered nurses based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

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%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

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.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

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 nutrient management specialist have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Perinatal Nurse3%92%
Therapeutic Dietitian3%94%
Obstetrical Nurse4%92%
Registered Nurse14%82%
Associate Doctor66%23%
Nutrient Management Specialist71%29%
Flight Surgeon78%21%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Flight Surgeon
Nutrient Management Specialist
Associate Doctor
Registered Nurse
Obstetrical Nurse
Therapeutic Dietitian
Perinatal Nurse
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

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.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Nutritional Consultant10.79%
Registered Nurse13.85%
Speech Pathologist19.27%
Coordinator Cardiopulmonary Services21.51%
Physical Therapist Technician22.56%
Orthopaedic Physician Assistant23.61%
Orientation & Mobility Specialist24.15%

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Registered Nurse Gender Pay Gap

male-income
Male Income
$72,694
female-income
Female Income
$69,326

Registered Nurse Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Asian men and Asian women make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$82,353
$79,102
$75,851
$72,601
$69,350
$66,099
$62,848
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Registered Nurse Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
Some College/ Associate Degree$68,878
Bachelor's Degree$75,437
Master's Degree$85,301

Registered Nurse Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$91,538
$85,301
$79,064
$72,826
$66,589
$60,352
$54,115
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

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Registered Nurse Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a registered nurse can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of registered nurses is $86,538. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Registered Nurses Earn The Most?

The map here shows where registered nurses earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Registered Nurses Located?

By looking through more than 410,140 resumes, we found that the most popular places for registered nurses are NY, New York and TX, Houston.

Number of Registered Nurses

Where Are Registered Nurses In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country registered nurses are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings