How Much Do Registered Nurses Earn in USA?

By on December 27th, 2020

How Much Do Registered Nurses Earn in USA?| Global Nurse Force

Salaries of registered nurses in the US are among the best in the world.

What is the Average Nurse Salary?

The national average salary of a registered nurse as of 2020 is at $77,460 per year

Salary Growth of Registered Nurses

The salary of registered nurses grew by 1.51% per year in the decade 2010 to 2019 Salaries are expected to grow further as the demand for nurses increases due to an aging population, higher demand for nursing care and expanded health coverage.

Nurse Salary vs Average Salary in USA

The national average salary in the U.S. in 2020 is $53,490 per year.

The national average salary of a RN as of 2020 is at $77,460 per year

Nurse Salaries by State

What are the best paying states for nurses? According to the BLS data, the top five highest paying states for registered nurses are: California, Hawaii, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and Oregon.

When considering your potential salary, it’s very important to factor in the cost of living in a particular state.

Salaries differ considerably between metros and rural areas – the cost of living and nurses’ salaries are generally much higher in the cities.


Obviously, a newly qualified registered nurse will likely earn quite a bit less than the average registered nurse salary, which includes those with many years of experience. As you gain experience your salary will increase and you can also apply for another position which pays more – especially once you’ve gained at least a few years of experience in a particular field of nursing where there is a demand.

Nursing: Still a Great Career Choice in the US 

The average registered nurse salary is higher than the average national wage in the US and unemployment is low at 1.2%.  Furthermore, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of jobs for registered nurses will grow by 12% up to 2028 – considerably more than most other jobs. There are also lots of opportunities for nurses to increase their income through specialization or promotion.

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