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Registered nurses work in a variety of medical settings, and they typically work as part of a team with doctors and other health care professionals. Most registered nurses will work hands-on with patients to provide and coordinate their care, provide medicines and treatments, and teach them how to manage their illness or injury. The duties of a registered nurse will vary depending on where they work and what their particular specialties are; however, many will be responsible for overseeing nurses, nursing aides, home care aides and other members of the healthcare team.

The Skinny on Salaries

Registered nurses make a rather good salary, and most also receive additional benefits like child care, flexible work schedules, and bonuses. The average annual salary for a registered nurse is $64,690; however, that can range anywhere from $44,000 (in the lowest 10 percent) to as much as $95,000 or more (in the top ten percent).

Registered nurses may only work part time, and around 20 percent of employed RNs do. Most work full time, however, though their schedules aren’t typically fixed business hours. Those who work in hospitals, emergency rooms, and nursing care facilities will work in rotating shifts, as these facilities provide round the clock care. Others work in schools, offices or private clinics, and these nurses will generally maintain standard business hours. All of these factors may have a bearing on an RN’s salary.

Determining Factors

Education is nearly always a significant factor when dealing with salaries in the medical professions. An advanced degree means a higher level of skill and knowledge, and employers are willing to pay generously for this. While a registered nurse can practice once she has earned her RN title, taking her education further to a BSN (Bachelor of Science in nursing) or MSN (Master of Science in nursing) can make a significant difference in her starting salary – and her subsequent raises and bonuses.

In addition, certain positions will only be available to those with a higher level of education. Many managerial positions, for example, will only be given to a registered nurse with a BSN or higher degree. And obviously, higher ranking positions generally come with higher pay.

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Along the same lines, experience is a highly valued commodity in the nursing world. An RN just out of school will generally earn quite a bit less than one with 10 to 20 years of experience under her belt.

Finally, registered nurses who specialize in a certain field earn more money on average. Registered nurses may choose to specialize in fields like neonatal care, emergency room care, or even in management, and this will generally provide a healthy salary bump.

Interestingly, gender seems to be an insignificant factor in this case. This may have to do with the fact that males make up only 5.8 percent of the total nursing population.

Industry Breakdown

As in nearly every field, the industry you choose to work in will play significantly into your starting pay, your benefits and even your bonuses. For example, the median base salary for RNs working as staff nurses is around $44,000; however, a registered nurse working in an emergency room may earn nearly $80,000 annually. Specialty hospitals and private offices of physicians typically pay more than hospitals or nursing care facilities. Outpatient care centers also pay well, averaging around $72,000 annually.

INDUSTRY

AVERAGE HOURLY

AVERAGE ANNUAL

Offices of Physicians

$35.04

$72,890

General Medical and Surgical Hospitals

$33.56

$69,810

Home Health Care Services

$31.31

$65,120

Nursing Care Facilities

$29.25

$60,830

Outpatient Care Centers

$34.72

$72,220

Specialty Hospitals

$35.72

$74,310

Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals

$31.85

$66,250

It’s worth noting that there are some industries outside of the typical healthcare fields that also employ registered nurses. These industries generally employ only a small number of RNs, but they offer salaries that are far above average. Oil and gas extraction companies, for example, pay an average RN salary of $80,700 annually; however, they only employ 0.04% of all RNs.

Geographic Breakdown

Registered nurse salary differs quite a bit from state to state. This is largely determined by the state’s population, demand and resources, and an RN’s salary will generally reflect the cost of living in that specific geographic area. Iowa, for example, comes in at the lowest national average, with a mean annual salary of $53,300 (or an hourly rate of $25.62), while California comes in at the other end of the spectrum with average RN salaries as high as $90,860 (or $43.68 an hour).

STATE

AVERAGE HOURLY

AVERAGE ANNUAL

Alabama

$27.81

$57,840

Alaska

$39.46

$82,080

Arizona

$34.78

$72,340

Arkansas

$27.40

$56,990

California

$43.68

$90,860

Colorado

$33.02

$68,670

Connecticut

$36.47

$75,850

Delaware

$34.64

$72,060

District of Colombia

$36.13

$75,160

Florida

$30.78

$64,020

Georgia

$29.98

$62,370

Hawaii

$40.36

$83,950

Idaho

$30.13

$62,670

Illinois

$32.31

$67,190

Indiana

$28.08

$58,410

Iowa

$25.62

$53,300

Kansas

$28.25

$58,750

Kentucky

$28.86

$60,040

Louisiana

$30.86

$64,190

Maine

$31.78

$66,100

Maryland

$36.29

$75,490

Massachusetts

$41.74

$86,810

Michigan

$31.46

$65,430

Minnesota

$35.70

$74,250

Mississippi

$28.59

$59,480

Missouri

$28.66

$59,620

Montana

$28.94

$60,190

Nebraska

$27.91

$58,060

Nevada

$37.42

$77,840

New Hampshire

$31.38

$65,280

New Jersey

$36.76

$76,460

New Mexico

$32.05

$66,660

New York

$36.23

$75,370

North Carolina

$29.31

$60,960

North Dakota

$27.69

$57,600

Ohio

$29.67

$61,710

Oklahoma

$26.99

$56,130

Oregon

$37.12

$77,220

Pennsylvania

$32.28

$67,140

Rhode Island

$34.96

$72,720

South Carolina

$29.50

$61,350

South Dakota

$26.76

$55,710

Tennessee

$29.16

$60,660

Texas

$32.49

$67,580

Utah

$29.59

$61,540

Vermont

$31.35

$65,210

Virginia

$31.59

$65,710

Washington

$35.98

$74,840

West Virginia

$27.32

$56,820

Wisconsin

$31.15

$64,800

Wyoming

$29.29

$60,930

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