Nursing Salary Guide: How Much Nurses Make by State

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Learn about the diverse world of nursing salaries as we offer a comprehensive state-by-state analysis for various roles. From Registered Nurses (RNs), who form the backbone of healthcare settings after completing their ADN or BSN programs and obtaining licensure, to specialized roles like Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives, and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, we explore the financial rewards of these vital professions. Additionally, we shed light on the earnings of Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses, integral to patient care.

Accompanied by insights into top nursing programs, this guide serves as an essential resource for both aspiring and practicing nurses. It not only helps them understand the economic aspects of their career choices across different states but also provides valuable information on the best educational pathways to advance their careers.

Whether you're considering an RN to BSN program, exploring options for specializing as a Nurse Practitioner, or aiming to excel in midwifery or nurse anesthesia, below you will find a detailed overview of the programs that can help you achieve your goals. By aligning these educational opportunities with comprehensive salary data, we aim to empower nurses with the knowledge to make informed decisions about their professional development and financial future in the dynamic field of nursing.

RN Salary Data by State

Registered Nurses are healthcare professionals who have completed an ADN or BSN program and obtained a nursing license by passing the NCLEX-RN. They provide a wide range of patient care, administer medications, coordinate with other healthcare professionals, and educate patients and their families about health conditions. RNs work in various settings, including hospitals, clinics, and community health organizations.

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How Much Do RNs Make?

StateTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean
Alabama49,370$32.17$66,910
Alaska6,730$49.67$103,310
Arizona56,040$41.70$86,740
Arkansas28,490$31.98$66,530
California325,620$64.10$133,340
Colorado52,390$41.63$86,590
Connecticut34,290$45.32$94,260
Delaware11,490$40.88$85,020
District of Columbia11,820$47.23$98,230
Florida197,630$38.42$79,910
Georgia82,970$40.95$85,180
Hawaii11,800$54.43$113,220
Idaho13,680$37.79$78,610
Illinois129,390$39.53$82,220
Indiana67,350$36.34$75,580
Iowa34,050$33.35$69,370
Kansas30,520$34.61$71,990
Kentucky44,970$37.32$77,620
Louisiana43,790$36.50$75,920
Maine14,610$37.22$77,410
Maryland49,790$42.30$87,990
Massachusetts94,100$50.07$104,150
Michigan101,470$38.78$80,660
Minnesota63,800$42.72$88,860
Mississippi29,370$32.66$67,930
Missouri70,440$34.55$71,860
Montana10,020$37.67$78,350
Nebraska19,870$35.34$73,510
Nevada23,970$46.30$96,310
New Hampshire13,510$40.11$83,420
New Jersey78,340$46.48$96,670
New Mexico15,910$41.15$85,580
New York190,470$48.14$100,130
North Carolina104,300$37.22$77,420
North Dakota11,300$36.06$75,000
Ohio130,370$37.72$78,450
Oklahoma30,320$36.98$76,920
Oregon37,400$51.26$106,610
Pennsylvania137,970$38.76$80,630
Rhode Island11,190$42.43$88,250
South Carolina44,030$35.74$74,330
South Dakota14,360$31.01$64,500
Tennessee60,840$34.85$72,480
Texas231,060$40.54$84,320
Utah22,830$36.73$76,400
Vermont6,930$38.46$79,990
Virginia69,510$39.36$81,860
Washington64,920$48.88$101,670
West Virginia21,110$34.73$72,230
Wisconsin61,100$38.94$81,000
Wyoming5,070$38.95$81,010
Virgin Islands340$33.27$69,200

Nurse Practitioner Salary by State

Nurse Practitioners are advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who have completed a master's or doctoral degree program and have advanced clinical training beyond their initial professional registered nurse preparation. They can diagnose and treat medical conditions, prescribe medications, and perform procedures. NPs often serve as primary care providers and can specialize in areas such as family practice, pediatrics, or geriatrics.

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How Much Do NPs Make?

StateTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean
Alabama4,390$51.26$106,610
Alaska680$55.96$116,390
Arizona6,240$58.37$121,410
Arkansas2,970$51.50$107,110
California19,130$76.02$158,130
Colorado3,630$55.98$116,440
Connecticut2,910$63.22$131,490
Delaware990$57.97$120,570
District of Columbia730$63.11$131,270
Florida18,530$53.04$110,310
Georgia8,110$55.50$115,440
Hawaii530$61.69$128,310
Idaho1,170$56.60$117,720
Illinois7,990$58.81$122,310
Indiana6,480$58.53$121,730
Iowa2,610$61.62$128,180
Kansas3,070$53.69$111,670
Kentucky4,520$52.54$109,290
Louisiana4,280$56.83$118,210
Maine1,300$56.88$118,300
Maryland4,170$57.53$119,650
Massachusetts7,190$66.68$138,700
Michigan7,250$54.70$113,780
Minnesota5,300$61.62$128,160
Mississippi4,000$56.38$117,260
Missouri7,290$54.41$113,180
Montana730$57.67$119,960
Nebraska1,610$57.20$118,970
Nevada1,800$65.49$136,230
New Hampshire1,510$60.47$125,780
New Jersey6,640$68.87$143,250
New Mexico1,650$62.29$129,560
New York17,670**
North Carolina8,040$55.03$114,450
North Dakota570$54.78$113,940
Ohio10,730$56.46$117,440
Oklahoma2,700$58.53$121,740
Oregon1,880$65.51$136,250
Pennsylvania7,560$57.96$120,550
Rhode Island1,390$60.21$125,250
South Carolina3,960$52.47$109,130
South Dakota810$55.58$115,610
Tennessee13,060$47.75$99,330
Texas18,820$59.93$124,660
Utah2,740$55.58$115,610
Vermont800$56.06$116,610
Virginia7,040$56.24$116,980
Washington4,150$65.19$135,590
West Virginia1,640$51.34$106,790
Wisconsin4,790$58.27$121,210
Wyoming460$55.40$115,230

Certified Nurse Midwife Salary by State

CNMs are APRNs who specialize in midwifery, focusing on pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, women's sexual and reproductive health, and newborn care. They provide a range of healthcare services, including gynecological exams, prenatal care, labor and delivery support, and counseling in areas like nutrition and breastfeeding.

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How Much Do CNMs Make?

StateTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean
Alaska80$55.32$115,060
Arizona130$52.02$108,190
California910$81.50$169,530
Colorado130$54.79$113,950
Connecticut240$54.31$112,960
Delaware70$52.49$109,180
District of Columbia70$46.31$96,320
Florida500$46.97$97,690
Georgia340$59.13$122,990
Hawaii**$75.01$156,020
Idaho70$28.40$59,080
Illinois280$59.23$123,200
Indiana120$54.76$113,900
Iowa30$49.26$102,460
Kansas60**
Louisiana40$57.46$119,520
Maine60$64.64$134,440
Maryland180$57.77$120,170
Massachusetts290$69.17$143,870
Michigan290$56.93$118,420
Minnesota340$56.14$116,780
Missouri130$51.76$107,660
New Hampshire50$55.52$115,490
New Jersey**$57.58$119,760
New Mexico80$54.14$112,600
New York790$62.31$129,610
North Carolina280$54.76$113,890
Ohio180$59.89$124,560
Oregon150$65.46$136,150
Pennsylvania260$54.61$113,580
Rhode Island50$57.75$120,120
South Carolina80$42.63$88,680
Tennessee180$47.08$97,920
Texas490$44.85$93,280
Utah110**
Vermont50**
Virginia**$51.34$106,790
Washington150$65.28$135,780
West Virginia**$79.70$165,780
Wisconsin200$56.94$118,430

Certified Registered Nuse Anesthetist Salary by State

CRNAs are APRNs who specialize in anesthesia. They are responsible for administering anesthesia and providing care before, during, and after surgical, therapeutic, diagnostic, and obstetrical procedures. They also monitor patients' vital signs and oversee their recovery from anesthesia.

How Much Do CRNAs Make?

StateTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean
Alabama1,320$91.92$191,200
Arizona290$86.41$179,730
Arkansas380**
California2,000$118.52$246,510
Colorado430$89.36$185,860
Connecticut560$115.66$240,580
Delaware70$95.23$198,070
Florida3,990$83.84$174,390
Georgia1,230$91.73$190,800
Idaho270$87.07$181,110
Illinois1,930$114.64$238,440
Indiana730$105.78$220,020
Iowa350$101.45$211,010
Kansas550$81.45$169,410
Kentucky290$113.10$235,260
Louisiana930$86.12$179,140
Maine390$103.33$214,930
Maryland540$87.84$182,710
Massachusetts530$98.41$204,690
Michigan3,590$96.00$199,690
Minnesota2,460$106.99$222,540
Mississippi400$88.65$184,390
Missouri1,040$98.65$205,190
Montana60$97.81$203,430
Nebraska400$108.46$225,590
New Hampshire550$103.83$215,970
New Jersey1,360$111.84$232,630
New Mexico320$103.48$215,240
New York1,690$114.77$238,710
North Carolina2,380$103.24$214,740
North Dakota150##
Ohio3,490$95.01$197,630
Oklahoma**$80.99$168,470
Oregon340$99.00$205,920
Pennsylvania2,870$97.89$203,620
South Carolina910$94.15$195,840
South Dakota350$107.31$223,200
Tennessee1,760$83.74$174,170
Texas2,880$100.45$208,940
Vermont60$109.96$228,710
Virginia530$103.62$215,530
Washington430$107.03$222,610
West Virginia320$110.30$229,430
Wisconsin780$110.71$230,270
Wyoming40$98.69$205,270
Puerto Rico250$30.56$63,570

LPN/LVN Salary by State

LPNs/LVNs provide basic nursing care under the supervision of RNs, NPs, or doctors. They work in various healthcare settings, including nursing homes, extended care facilities, hospitals, physicians' offices, and private homes. Their duties include monitoring patients' health, administering basic patient care, providing for the comfort of patients, and reporting the status of their patients to other nurses.

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How Much Do LPN/LVNs Make?

StateTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean
Alabama10,290$21.76$45,260
Alaska390$32.07$66,710
Arizona6,280$29.77$61,920
Arkansas10,790$22.11$45,990
California73,740$33.62$69,930
Colorado4,840$29.00$60,310
Connecticut8,800$30.11$62,620
Delaware2,100$27.58$57,360
District of Columbia1,090$29.81$62,010
Florida36,970$25.85$53,780
Georgia22,900$24.44$50,830
Hawaii890$26.79$55,730
Idaho2,020$26.30$54,710
Illinois17,530$28.29$58,840
Indiana11,990$26.85$55,850
Iowa5,440$24.71$51,400
Kansas6,820$24.86$51,700
Kentucky10,370$23.83$49,570
Louisiana19,230$22.80$47,430
Maine930$26.84$55,830
Maryland7,650$28.93$60,180
Massachusetts15,630$32.78$68,170
Michigan10,460$27.49$57,180
Minnesota14,660$26.38$54,870
Mississippi8,660$21.64$45,020
Missouri12,110$23.80$49,500
Montana1,900$25.20$52,420
Nebraska5,570$25.04$52,080
Nevada3,170$30.73$63,910
New Hampshire2,110$30.55$63,550
New Jersey16,220$29.80$61,990
New Mexico1,490$28.56$59,400
New York38,590$27.67$57,560
North Carolina16,230$25.49$53,010
North Dakota2,510$25.52$53,080
Ohio37,310$25.16$52,330
Oklahoma12,170$23.12$48,090
Oregon3,550$31.82$66,190
Pennsylvania32,950$26.21$54,520
Rhode Island940$32.10$66,770
South Carolina9,080$24.55$51,060
South Dakota2,120$22.12$46,000
Tennessee20,480$22.38$46,540
Texas62,240$25.41$52,850
Utah1,340$26.82$55,790
Vermont1,060$27.47$57,150
Virginia18,490$25.38$52,790
Washington6,430$33.63$69,950
West Virginia6,200$21.89$45,530
Wisconsin6,620$25.29$52,610
Wyoming630$26.39$54,880
Guam100$20.10$41,810
Puerto Rico3,710$12.58$26,170
Virgin Islands60$23.26$48,380

FAQ for Nursing Salaries and Programs

What factors influence a nurse's salary in different states?

Nurses' salaries can vary significantly across states due to factors such as cost of living, demand for healthcare services, state-specific healthcare budgets, and the level of experience and specialization of the nurse. Urban areas often offer higher salaries compared to rural areas.

How does education level impact a nurse's earning potential?

Higher education levels typically lead to increased earning potential. For instance, Nurse Practitioners, who require a master's or doctoral degree, generally earn more than Registered Nurses with an ADN or BSN. Specialized roles like Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists also command higher salaries due to their advanced training and responsibilities.

Are there any online programs available for nursing degrees?

There are numerous accredited online programs for various nursing degrees, including RN to BSN, MSN, and DNP programs. These online programs offer flexibility for working nurses to advance their education and potentially increase their earning potential.

What is the job outlook for nurses in the coming years?

The job outlook for nurses is very positive. The demand for healthcare services is expected to grow due to an aging population and a greater focus on preventive care, leading to increased opportunities for nurses across various specializations.

Can nurses increase their salaries by specializing in a particular field?

Specializing in fields like midwifery, anesthesia, or acute care can lead to higher salaries. These specializations often require additional education and certification but offer more advanced roles and responsibilities, which are typically compensated with higher pay.

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This is a helpful article, but I must ask why it only includes salary information for 3 of the 4 types of APRNs? Why is there no data included for Clinical Nurse Specialists? Thanks! 

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Is it me or have salaries remained pretty much the same for the past several years despite the cost of living continuing to rise? Nurses are leaving in droves and I feel if salaries and benefits were better this may not be the case.


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