How much do nurses make?

Registered nurses make $35.24 an hour or $73,300 each year

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Registered nurses make $35.24 an hour or $73,300 each year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Actual earnings will depend on a nurse’s education and experience as well as the location and facility. Travel nurses, for example, earn more per hour than nurses working a full time position. And nurses in Hawaii earn nearly twice as much as nurses in Mississippi.

How much do nurses make in each state?

Salaries vary greatly in the United States. Some key findings.

  • Nurses in Hawaii have the highest average salary of any state. They earn $53.22 per hour or $110,700 per year.
  • Mississippi has the lowest average salary for nurses. They earn $28.17 per hour or $58,590 per year.
StateHourly median wageAnnual median wage
Hawaii$53.22$110,700
California$53.18$110,620
Oregon$44.89$93,370
District of Columbia$43.98$91,470
Alaska$43.54$90,550
Massachusetts$42.09$87,540
Nevada$42.02$87,400
New York$41.99$87,330
New Jersey$40.35$83,920
Washington$40.14$83,490
Rhode Island$39.97$83,140
Connecticut$39.24$81,630
Minnesota$37.77$78,560
Arizona$36.93$76,820
Maryland$36.92$76,780
Colorado$36.10$75,100
Texas$35.29$73,400
New Mexico$35.18$73,180
Delaware$35.01$72,830
New Hampshire$34.95$72,690
Michigan$34.74$72,260
Illinois$34.43$71,620
Wisconsin$34.40$71,560
Pennsylvania$33.91$70,540
Virginia$33.77$70,230
Idaho$33.33$69,320
Maine$33.14$68,940
Georgia$32.89$68,410
Montana$32.65$67,920
Vermont$32.39$67,370
Wyoming$31.87$66,290
Florida$31.65$65,830
Ohio$31.63$65,790
Utah$31.36$65,240
Nebraska$31.25$65,010
North Dakota$31.10$64,680
North Carolina$31.06$64,600
Louisiana$30.79$64,040
South Carolina$30.65$63,750
Indiana$30.61$63,670
Oklahoma$30.60$63,650
Missouri$30.03$62,470
Kentucky$29.89$62,180
West Virginia$29.55$61,450
Tennessee$29.42$61,200
Kansas$29.23$60,800
Arkansas$29.01$60,340
Iowa$28.60$59,490
Alabama$28.27$58,800
South Dakota$28.21$58,670
Mississippi$28.17$58,590

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2019