Ten Statistics About Compensation of RNs
- 3Oct 6, '10 by DoGoodThenGo10 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.
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- 1Oct 6, '10 by kdrose01I am in rural West Virginia and the salaries are nothing like the above.
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
- 2Oct 6, '10 by kdrose01I can't believe that New York is not in the top 5. So I have a hard time believing this list.
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.
- 3Oct 6, '10 by DoGoodThenGoQuote from laynaERI 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:
The last is really outdated (yr 2000)