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Top 10 Best and Worst States to Be a Nurse

Top 10 Best and Worst States to Be a Nurse

NursingLink.com and CareerVoyages.gov

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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    Account Removed

    over 5 years ago

    i am a registered nurse here in the philippines and the only thing i can say is that no matter where you are in the states,if you are a nurse,you are lucky.Dont you know that here in the philippines,we are only paid 200 pesos ($4) in 8 hours duty?my gooodnesss!!!!!!!!! we are harrased here. thats the reason why im so eager to take NCLEX in order to ework there.

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    shaypettway

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    i am an lpn charge nurse and have been at the same ltc facility for 10 years. i started at 14.50 an hr and 10 yrs later only make 21.50. benefits are very exspensive. i get a 3% raise a year. and now because of the rising economy i am looking for a per diem job which is not going so well. my job will not give overtime because of the budget!! its crazy---shanen

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    NurseCorie

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    The salaries on this are based on an "average" per state. It varies by facility, whether it's private, non-profit, medi-care, all that jazz. So of course it varies. I'm an LVN in the state of CA. Some new grad LVNS get paid $25+/hr. It just varies. :)

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    NurseEsau

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I am strictly an agency LPN I work through 5 different agencies in the little rock, AR area. Payscale is anywhere from 20-30 dollars an hour. I do pretty good and when i pass my nclex-rn it will be a little more than double. 32-44 an hour.. by working like this I work in around 30 different facilities. which counts up for a lot of different experience fast. thats what i like.

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    mandyLPN

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    i work in iowa and make barely over 16 dollars an hour. very accurate as far as iowa goes, i think i need to move
    mandylpn

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    paulamichaud

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    My niece just graduated with a BSN in June and is working at an acute care hospital in Philadelphia with a starting salary of more than $55,000. Where did you get these numbers? Nursing salaries are highly variable state to state. Nurses in RI go to Boston to earn almost double what they could make in Providence. Nurses in community nursing have traditionally made less than acute care. Many nurses in the early late 1970s were making $20/hr. Surely, even in poor paying areas, nurses practicing in a professional model make more than what you say, or should I be thankful that I've always worked in urban areas!

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    Dbear123

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    While being a nurse for over 25 years, I work along new grad nurses that make the same as I. Where did I go wrong? I started out at $3.35 hour in 1983. Barely making $18.53 hour now, even with all speciality care and training. Wages have gone up, but so has inflation, more that wages. So complaining doesn't do it. If any one tells you that nursing is a highly paid area, wrong....! I really like what I have chosen. It is so strange from state to state the wage differences.

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    kellycna

    over 5 years ago

    20 comments

    Looks like I'll be moving to Cali!

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    NurseKitty08

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I live in Texas and this pay scale is ridiculous and irrelevant... I make wayyyyy more than any of the hourly wages posted coming out of nursing school... I have gone from LVN to RN now working on my Masters which I already hold a Masters in another field... And there is NO Gentelemen's agreement here because I have gotten pissed off walked out of one hospital only to be offered $10 more at another one... I treat my degree like I treat a business... I have to see how management is handled.. how the floor is run ect.. I sell my degree bc it is my services that I get paid for... But then again I do have skills beyond the average nurse...

    And to the person who stated that MA know more than RN's I believe that is a blatant lack of understanding... because that will be the very remark that cost someone their life...

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    rn1gm2

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I live in California and I'm making $42.00/ hr plus benefits

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    sidecarbum

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I'm not sure where they found those nursing salaries, but here in the Bay area an experienced nurse working the night shift can make $70.00 or more depending on the level, my daughter as a new LVN working in a SNF makes $28/hr on the dayshift. Those wages are like really inaccurate, although the bayarea has a very high cost of living. Still we seem to be compensated well including medical dental and vision. So come travel to the bay area in California i guess. I believe that we are still with a nursing shortage here although not at my hospital.

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    BHKSLPN

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Speaking as a nurse in Kansas, I have to say that the figure for our state is pretty accurate AS AN AVERAGE for LPNs. I work for a staffing agency in the metropolitan area I recently moved into and every facility/job pays on their own scale. I haven't worked in a hospital setting, so I cannot speak from personal first-hand knowledge on those rates, however, the LTC facilities seem to pay comparable standard rates across the board...and yes, they are definately higher pay than Dr offices, clinics, etc. Through this agency, my pay has varied from $18-$32/hr but taking into consideration that insurance is only available to RNs with this agency, I know my take home pay would be less by one-third to half of what I have received. I can say that I went through the interviewing process with a womens health center, but when it came to discussion of pay, I was surprised to be offered only $11.25/hr for the first ninety days, at which time it would possibly increase to $11.75/hr. Now putting the insurance issue aside, there was not a chance I could afford daycare for two kids and pay my regular bills on that wage (and I am not an extravagant person with numerous 'luxury' bills.. I mean just the BASICS.)

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    dlr6p

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Hello, I have been a nurse for one year at UVA Medical Ctr. in Virginia. I earn 42.00 an hour but I am a wage nurse and go w/o benefits. As a full-time nurse with benefits I earned20.85 an hour as a new graduate nurse and with shift diffs I earned 26.85 an hour.

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    legalnurseprn

    over 5 years ago

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    AGREE! Where did those wages come from? I worked in Maryland in 1993 and was making 23.00/hr (phone triage). Then worked in DC/Maryland for Agency and never made less than 32.00 per hour. This was 14yrs ago!! I cannot imagine that the wages are averaging 22+ per hour STILL!?!?!? I was a BSN with less than 10yrs experience at the time. My thoughts are that since hospitals ALL band together to determine the 'market' wages, that they STILL control the area wages so that us 'uppity' nurses don't all get pissed and walk out when we hear that another hospital in the area is paying 5.00 more per hour. It is and always been a 'gentlemens agreement' that all hospitals stand firm with the same wage base to 'control' the female majority profession. How's that for a 'male-hating' comment???

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    dseymour

    over 5 years ago

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    I work in North Carolina. MA's make 10 -13 an hour. LPN's around 15 and RN's around 20. What I have noticed is, the RN's coming out of school are Associate Degrees and know less than an experienced MA yet the MA's are the lowest paid and do the same duties as a lot of the Associate RN's and LPN's. The bottom line is, unless people live in a marketable area, the pay is very low.

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