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




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roles throughout his career and has managed several injury prevention programs and started Banned4Life, which ended an outdated FDA blood donor policy. Today, Blake is an advocate for nurses and patients and encourages a healthy work environment. He is a writer, public speaker, and has been a paid contributor to the New York Times.


  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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