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Top 10 Best and Worst States to Be a Nurse

Top 10 Best and Worst States to Be a Nurse

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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 States with the Most Nurse Job Openings

State Average Annual Job Openings
1. California
10,900
2. Florida
7,440
3. New York
6,360
4. Ohio
4,630
5. North Carolina
4,093
6. Illinois
4,020
7. New Jersey
3,700
8. Michigan
3,500
9. Georgia
3,340
10. Massachusetts
3,290

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    mrsjohnnie

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    in ny a graduate nurse starts out anywhere between $11.75 to 15 /hr.sad considering that ny nursing schools are some of the hardest to get through(besides california).not to mention the county i live in,has one of the highrst tax rates in the us and we are pretty much working for nothing.to get medical insurance you need to get a state job to afford it.if you choose insurance through your job its half of you pay check.

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    perrisjordan

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Ok u lvn's out there. Let me give u the real deal on this california hourly wage varience. I have 7 years experience. If I choose to work home health in southern california they would offer me between 16hr to 22.83 per hour caring for peds pt paid for by medical. Different pay at each agency, and don't think that is going to get u any benifits or overtime! I don't want to bash agency's but I garentee u if they have recrutiers u r going to be paid way less! They earn 50 to 60 a year and it's gotta come from somewhere! Now if I choose to work in a hosp, snf, then pay is anywhere from 17.66 (county hospital with all the benifits) to 25hr snf that most people never want to work at! Now your best bet is to work as a travel nurse or registry that staffs hospitals. That pays anywhere from 24hr to 31hr with ot after 8 hrs. Most r 12hr shifts. We have such a shortage that u will always find work, and if your are half way decent, you will stand out like a queen or king because due to the shortage, more and more non quilified nurses are being hired just to fill a spot! Oh ya I've seen it all! And the crazy thing is they never get fired just reassigned! Oh ya there is always intermin home visits. That is also anywhere from 28 to 35 a visit. But its not a good thing to base your sole income on. So that is the skinny. Now the nurses who are claiming to make more than that (lvn) in southern california, let me know if there is an additional position available! Because I am working over 84hr a week and want to increase my pay and cut down my hours! Love u all!

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    soniamorrison

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    As an Acute Care Registered Nurse Case Manager BSN in California I earn more than $60 an hour. These figures must be an average of LVN and RN, maybe even CNA.
    California has the lowest RN to 100,000 population in the nation. What is unfortunate is that we really need more nurse educators and cultural diversity. Only 4% of RNs are HIspanic and in just a few more years high school graduates will represent more than half Hispanic. Nurse educators are not paid even half of this wage, especially if you add in preparation time. I appreciate travelers, come on over!

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    jill1b

    over 5 years ago

    8 comments

    i agree that it depends on where you live and the cost of living! but we are under paid for what we do! i have probably topped out at 18$ an hr in home care. LTC pays more but not by more than a couple dollars from that. But LTC is so terrible to work and I felt I was putting myself at risk everytime i went to work in one of those places.. What do we do to demand higher pay? especially in this economy?

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    sailing9734

    over 5 years ago

    12 comments

    I live in California and make $43.00 an hour so I know these rates are in accurate!

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    imatripletmom

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I think these numbers are irrelevant. The cost per hour needs to be compared to the cost of living and the number of job openings needs to be related to the population. Of course there is going to be more jobs in California because it has a large population! Of course the hourly wage is higher in California because they have a high cost of living!

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    babyhefer

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I work in a LTC facility in central Pa and as an LPN I only make 15.36 and this is good for this area .. I feel sick after seeing what others make. Contract is coming up and they want to screw us.. United we stand.

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    jea98rn

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I live in NC and my hourly rate is 39.75! These rates are very inaccurate! I used to travel, and I know the staff nurses in CA have better wages than you are reporting. We as nurses are underpaid as it is. This is very insulting.

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    over 5 years ago

    The wages are pitiful in any of the states reported including the highest paid.

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    autumnfae23

    over 5 years ago

    20 comments

    I second that the California nursing wage is wrong. LVN's make $25.00 an hour and RNs make $40 an hour in San Diego.

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    jsnurse

    over 5 years ago

    12 comments

    How sad it is that a profession requiring as much knowledge and skill as nursing makes so little compared to other careers.

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    ORNurseAngie

    over 5 years ago

    16 comments

    The wage for California is completely inaccurate. A nurse with 8 years experience makes almost twice that in Northern California. I know new grads start at over $36/hr at UCDavis.

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    wildhair_deb

    over 5 years ago

    32 comments

    Maybe I WOULD like to live in California or Hawaii

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    juliern734

    over 5 years ago

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    Alabama is not much higher. New grads start at around $17.00/hr.

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    RNBSN

    over 5 years ago

    10 comments

    I agree with the previous posters that these figures seem a little low. I just moved from NV to MA and both of the amounts listed above are quite low for both states.

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