Top 5 States To Make That Nurse Money

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 a list of the top five states that pay nurses the highest wages. 

1- California

Employment: 274,650

Hourly Mean Wage: $48.92

Annual Mean Wage: $101,750

2- Massachusetts

Employment: 85,140

Hourly Mean Wage: $42.82

Annual Mean Wage: $89,060

3- Hawaii

Employment: 11,300

Hourly Mean Wage: $42.75

Annual Mean Wage: $88,910

4. Oregon

Employment: 35,220

Hourly Mean Wage: $41.83

Annual Mean Wage: $87,000

5. Alaska

Employment: 5,570

Hourly Mean Wage: $41.56

Annual Mean Wage: $86,450

 

Source: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291141.htm

 

6 Comments

  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

    • Alaska has no state income tax, and the property tax veries by town from no tax to reasonable rates. That being said, all 5 of these states have a high cost of living. The median wages in a state like NEW Mexico compared to its super low cost of living make for a happy nurse

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