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Top 10 Best and Worst States to Be a Nurse

Top 10 Best and Worst States to Be a Nurse and

There is a projected need for 1,001,000 nurses needed in the United States by 2016. Nurses are one of the most in demand professions in America, but with so many job openings, it begs the question: Where should you work? NursingLink is committed to providing its members with the most most pertinent career research available. Below is the 10 best and worst places to be a Nurse based on salary and job openings.

Top 10 Highest Nurse Paying States

State Salary (hourly)
1. California $25.45
2. Hawaii $24.76
3. Massachusetts    $23.38
4. New Jersey $23.33
5. Alaska $23.09
6. Delaware $22.98
7. Oregon $22.91
8. Nevada $22.83
9. Maryland $22.79
10. Connecticut $22.62

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    over 5 years ago


    The best thing you can do for yourself, as a nurse, is to expand your horizons. There are so many other areas that a nurse is needed. Medical Device companies, for example, pay very high wages and Regulatory agencies (ie: FDA) require that medical professionals provide the clinical expertise. Nurse Education, Sales and Marketing and Legal Nurse Consultants are other areas my RN friends have succeeded. Make sure your resume is up to date. I keep mine on my desktop and update it frequently.

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    almost 6 years ago


    Well...............I'm in Georgia. I'm seeing that I'm not in the lowest paid states! Go us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I agree with somebody who posted earlier with these wages and the accuracy, not that I have anything to go by. To those who are in the 'bottom 10'................I'll bet your cost of living is lower though. I feel things do balance out in the end. I've worked in Atlanta and made more, but the anxiety of being on the interstated I75 in rush hour so much of my time, I averaged out I do better in the smaller town, because I look at the fact that my time is valuable for the travel time driving. I would pay tons more living in the big city, but my mortage would break me! I'll stay in my redneck little community, thankyouverymuch! I hope everybody takes heart because, when new stats come out, I'll bet Georgia is in the bottom 10 then.

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    almost 6 years ago


    I work in Northern California and make $37.92 working nights. I'm not in a large city and I know if I traveled to somewhere like Sacramento nurses there make somewhere around $10 more an hour.
    My question to the off estimates for pay is..... what nurses are they referring to? My mother an LVN for 15+ years makes about $25.00.

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    almost 6 years ago


    i want please to know how much a NG make in New york city

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    about 6 years ago


    I did not think that oklahoma and kansas would be places where the nursing salary was low. This is very useful information to have when I graduate nursing school.

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    about 6 years ago


    I am a fairly new CNA Graduate (2006), and started out Making $16.00hr here in Pennsylvania.
    Granted that was through an Agency, where they pay considerably more.
    That's what my Average pay is.

    Although! California is probably where I'm heading, once I finish my RN (I am in my 2nd Year!)
    It appears the real "HotSpot."

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    about 6 years ago


    Reply to terrah, this has been a known fact for many years. As nurses we are the doctors right hand and the main person the patient sees at their bedside. All i can say is AMEN, we're overworked and underpaid!

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    about 6 years ago


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    about 6 years ago


    I have my RN (Associates) and am finishing up my Bachelors. I am not working as an RN. What are my job prospects? I am older. Is there a chance of having a preceptor to be acclimated back into the Medical setting? What is available for an older nurse?

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    about 6 years ago


    As far as I'm concerned, it seems like it does not matter what state you live in, all nurses are UNDERPAID and OVERWORKED!!!!! All of my friends are nurses...LVN and RN's, and though they may love what they do, they ALL agree that you wont get rich in the nursing field.

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    about 6 years ago


    Im in nursing here in florida,the state with the oldest population,and the oldest wages,not enough , 18.00 hr.,if you work in a nursing home its less,it may be a good field of work,but dont come to florida if your out to make money,aggrevation we have the most,after 20 years of this place,it makes you wonder why you got into the field.

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    about 6 years ago


    i know excatly where to go for a good job lol

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    about 6 years ago


    Bhawaii: I am an RN of 29 yrs but have not worked from 2004-06 due to 2 accidents within 1 mth of each other.Worked for a relatively new registry from May to September, "08 however they didn't offer much work but at least I got my feet wet again. Where are you getting the work with such high pay??? I have worked CVDOU and stepdown, as well as telemetry but I want more experience in the basics before I get my ACLS again and more up to the units. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. thanks....................Jeannette

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    about 6 years ago


    Very inaccurate. I work nights per diem in Southern California and earn $48.23/hr. The pay is even higher in Northern California. Three 12-hour shifts a week earns me $90,000+/yr.; a 40 hour week earns me $103,000+. Into overtime? I've worked with RN's that have grossed $165,000/yr. . Come to California, we're desperate for RN's and you max out at 4 telemetry or 5 med/surg patients per shift.

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    about 6 years ago


    License Nurse Aide/ CNA make $13- $18 an hour in New Hampshire. I am working on my nursing degree and do hope to be paid much higher than what this article is reporting. I have heard Massachussets pays much, much more but, the income taxes are killer.

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