US Nurse Salaries By State & City

The salaries for a nurse in the USA have been rising steadily and significantly for the past decade, and these increases show no sign of stopping in the upcoming decade. The demand is particularly high in the areas of Greater New York City, along the west coast, and in southern states, but is present throughout the nation.

The highest areas of demand in nursing professions can be found in the areas of PACY, NICU, and OB/GYN, but other positions are also in demand, including nurses working in ICU, First Asssistant RNs, PICUs,CVORs, CVICUs, and those specializing in Dialysis and Telemetry.

Those working in travel nursing can expect to enjoy 10-15% more compensation than their permanent-position counterparts. For example, while a permanent position nurse may earn $66,000-$92,000 in Washington, DC, a traveller will earn $74,000-$99,000.

Across the states, a nurse can expect to earn an average of $61,774 (£38,300), with South Dakota and Mississippi paying the lowest salary in our research ($38,000). Interestingly, Mississippi also tied, with New York, for the highest salary, at $94,000.

Top Salary For Nurse Jobs By State Top Salary For Nurse Jobs By City
State $ USD £ GBP US City $ USD £ GBP
Massachusetts 79000 48980 San Jose, CA 86000 53320
New York 75500 46810 San Francisco, CA 84000 52080
California 75000 46500 Oakland, CA 83000 51460
Connecticut 72000 44640 New York, NY 79000 48980
Maryland 71500 44330 Boston, MA 75000 46500
Illinois 70500 43710 Annapolis, MD 72500 44950
Michigan 68000 42160 Baltimore, MD 72500 44950
Virginia 67500 41850 Jackson, MS 70000 43400
Washington 66500 41230 Atlanta, GA 70000 43400
Washington DC 66000 40920 Trenton, NJ 70000 43400
New Jersey 66000 40920 Long Beach, CA 69500 43090
Mississippi 66000 40920 Chicago, IL 69500 43090
North Carolina 64500 39990 Los Angeles, CA 69000 42780
Nevada 64500 39990 San Diego, CA 68000 42160
Delaware 64000 39680 Detroit, MI 67500 41850
Montana 63000 39060 Philadelphia, PA 67500 41850
New Hampshire 62500 38750 Sacramento, CA 67000 41540
Arkansas 62500 38750 Hartford, CT 67000 41540
Indiana 62000 38440 Seattle, WA 67000 41540
Georgia 61500 38130 Charlotte, NC 65000 40300
Missouri 61500 38130 Albany, NY 64500 39990
Wyoming 61500 38130 Wichita, KS 64000 39680
South Carolina 61500 38130 Houston, TX 64000 39680
Vermont 61000 37820 Dallas, TX 64000 39680
Wisconsin 61000 37820 Minneapolis, MN 64000 39680
Oregon 60500 37510 St. Paul, MN 64000 39680
Alaska 60500 37510 Arlington, TX 63500 39370
Ohio 60500 37510 Providence, RI 63500 39370
West Virginia 60500 37510 Tallahassee, FL 63000 39060
Rhode Island 60000 37200 Miami, FL 63000 39060
Colorado 60000 37200 Denver, CO 63000 39060
Minnesota 59000 36580 Springfield, IL 62000 38440
Alabama 59000 36580 Richmond, VA 62000 38440
Florida 59000 36580 Raleigh, NC 61500 38130
Tennessee 58500 36270 Madison, WI 61500 38130
Texas 58000 35960 Salem, OR 61500 38130
North Dakota 58000 35960 Portland, OR 61000 37820
Utah 58000 35960 Dover, DE 60500 37510
Pennsylvania 58000 35960 Santa Fe, NM 60500 37510
Kentucky 58000 35960 Concord, NH 60500 37510
Maine 57500 35650 Olympia, WA 60500 37511
Oklahoma 57500 35650 Alaska – Juneau 60500 37512
Kansas 57000 35340 Fresno, CA 60000 37200
Arizona 56500 35030 Austin, TX 60000 37200
Iowa 56500 35030 Forth Worth, TX 60000 37201
New Mexico 56000 34720 Montgomery, AL 59500 36890
Idaho 56000 34720 Carson City, NV 59500 36890
Nebraska 54500 33790 Columbus, OH 59500 36890
South Dakota 53500 33170 Lansing, MI 59500 36891
Hawaii 53000 32860 Colorado Springs, CO 59500 36892
Louisiana 50500 31310 Jefferson City, MO 59000 36580
Average 61,775 38,300 Average 65,648 40,701

Source Data: Indeed & SimplyHired — Extracted 12/06/2012

USD to GBP Conversions Calculated on 12/18/2012

Content provided by @JacquesBouchard of Onward Healthcare, a leading U.S. source for travel nursing jobs, travel allied health jobs, and more. He also represents Onward MD — a U.S. provider of locum tenens jobs to all 50 states.

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