Ten Statistics About Compensation of RNs

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    10 Statistics About Compensation of Registered Nurses

    Written by Rachel Fields | October 05, 2010

    Reported by the Bureau of Labour Statistics' Occupational Employment and Wages May 2009 data


    1. Registered nurses earned a mean annual wage of $66,530 in 2009.

    2. Registered nurses earned a mean hourly wage of $31.99 in 2009.

    3. Registered nurses working in general medical and surgical hospitals earned a mean annual wage of $67,740.

    4. Registered nurses working in physician offices earned a mean annual wage of $67,290.

    5. Registered nurses working in home health care services earned a mean annual wage of $63,300.

    6. Registered nurses working in nursing care facilities earned a mean annual wage of $59,320.

    7. Registered nurses working in outpatient care centers earned a mean annual wage of $65,690.

    8. The highest paying state for registered nurses was California, where the mean annual wage was $85,080 in 2009. California was followed by Massachusetts ($81,780), Hawaii ($80,020), Maryland ($76,330) and New Jersey ($74,990).

    9. The highest paying metropolitan area for registered nurses was Visalia-Porterville, Calif., where nurses the mean annual wage was $111,030.

    10. In South Dakota, the state with the highest concentration of registered nurses, the mean annual wage for RNs was $53,520.
    http://www.beckershospitalreview.com...ed-nurses.html
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    I am in California and from this I conclude that I am seriously underpaid (which I already knew).
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    I am in rural West Virginia and the salaries are nothing like the above.
    Last edit by bookwormom on Oct 6, '10 : Reason: phrase error
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    Im in Wisconsin, and its about right if you worked full time......but most of the jobs are .6 to .8.
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    I'm wondering if places like California are "spewing" the data for the rest of the country. I mean, the average Midwestern nurse makes no where near any of those stats.
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    Those stats must include ARNP and PAs, Administrators etc that have RN licenses (renewed and not) to make the avg that high. Either that or thats just a way to make ppl say "wow, I wanna be a nurse" LoL
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    I can't believe that New York is not in the top 5. So I have a hard time believing this list.
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    I am in rural West Virginia and the salaries are nothing like the above.
    Keep in mind there's a drastic difference in cost of living between CA, HI, MA, NJ, etc. Not only are taxes much higher, but car insurance, gas, homes, electricity, food, etc. cost significantly more than in SD, WV, WI, etc. Coastal states are always more expensive. You may not earn what these nurses earn, but you may very well have a higher standard of living.

    NJ has been hemorraging residents due to the high cost of living. I knowa former NJ resident who moved to GA and took a $30k pay cut, but with the lower cost of living, actually has more money now with the smaller salary. GA is much cheaper!
    Last edit by kdrose01 on Oct 6, '10
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    I can't believe that New York is not in the top 5. So I have a hard time believing this list.
    New York's a bigger state with more rural and economically depressed areas than MD, HI, NJ and MA. The lower salaries in the more depressed areas skew the salaries in NY. Or maybe NYC salaries skew the salaries for NY. :P
    But all the states listed have high costs of living, so I believe it's fairly accurate. Keep in mind that the rankings can be separated by just a few dollars, ie, NJ $68,900 vs. NY $68,750. Not that those numbers are accurate, only an example.
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    Quote from laynaER
    I can't believe that New York is not in the top 5. So I have a hard time believing this list.

    If one has the time and knows how to research data, the BLS has the information for all fifty states on their website. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291111.htm#st

    Regarding New York, RNs in the city, especially Manhattan and parts of Long Island with with their large supply of "high ranking" medical centers, and teaching hospitals probably pays more than what one is going to get upstate.

    Cost of living in NYC, Westchester, and parts of Long Island also affect wages as hospitals and others must pay more to attract and keep good nurses.

    Then there are the following, however cannot vouch for accuracy:

    http://www.ehow.com/facts_5580749_rn-salaries-nyc.html
    http://www.ehow.com/about_6633087_re...york-city.html
    http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/bizfin...features/4086/

    The last is really outdated (yr 2000)
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