Top 5 States To Make That Nurse Money

These states pay the highest wages in the field of nursing

In today’s world of nursing, healthcare organizations are in competition for good employees.  Some states are willing to pay more than others.  I have moved twice in my career to maximize my success as a nurse and it has always paid off.  Here is the list of the top five states that pay nurses the highest wages right now.


State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 274,650 17.20 0.85 $48.92 $101,750
Massachusetts 85,140 24.61 1.21 $42.82 $89,060
Hawaii 11,300 17.88 0.88 $42.75 $88,910
Oregon 35,220 19.67 0.97 $41.83 $87,000
Alaska 5,570 17.22 0.85 $41.56 $86,450



Written by Nurse Blake

Blake is a registered nurse and received his BSN from the University of Central Florida. He has worked in a number of healthcare roles throughout his career and has managed several large programs including Shattered Dreams and the Banned4Life Project. Today, Blake is an advocate for nurses and patients and encourages a healthy work environment. He is a writer and public speaker and has been a paid contributor to the New York Times.


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  1. My family and I had discussed moving back to California after I graduate and take the NCLEX. Now I’m not having to work so hard to convince therm it’s the right move! Lol

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