5 Best paying states in the US for registered nurses

Salary isn't everything when you look for a job, but it plays a role, especially for medical professionals. Being a registered nurse often involves tremendous responsibilities, but many USRNs find their work fulfilling due to the compensation they receive from their companies. Since the 21st Century, nursing has become one of the lucrative fields in the job market, especially in the United States. The nursing shortage in the US created enormous opportunities for registered nurses.

In line with this, if you're planning to pursue your career in the US as a Registered Nurse. Here's some good news for you! We listed down all the highest paying states in the US for Registered nurses based on the Bureau and Labor Statistics data last May 2021. Here is the list of the Top 5 highest paying states in the US:


#5 Alaska

Alaska is located in the northwest corner of North America and is the northernmost and westernmost state in the United States. In Alaska, the average salary of a USRN on an annual basis is $97,230 and a mean hourly wage of $46.74.

#4 District of Columbia

Fourth on our list is the District of Columbia, the average salary of a USRN on an annual basis is $98,540, and a mean hourly wage of $47.38.


#3 Oregon

Oregon is a state located in the Pacific Northwest region on the west coast of the United States. Now Oregon boasts a vast number of hospitals, which made nursing a popular job in their state and made them open job opportunities for registered nurses. Oregon has an average annual salary of $98,630 with a mean hourly wage of $47.42.

#2 Hawaii

Hawaii is the second highest paying state in this profession. Based on the data gathered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an average annual salary of a USRN in Hawaii is $106,530, and the mean hourly rate is $51.22.

#1 California

The highest paying state for USRN is California, with an average annual salary of $124,000 and an hourly rate of $59.62 based on the 2021 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. California is the most populated state in North America, which made them employ many nurses that made a strong presence of the nurse's union in California.

California, Hawaii, and Oregon require US SSN to apply, but don't worry, NEAC will certainly assist you in applying to another state and endorse your license to these states once you have an SSN.

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