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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 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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    nurse44

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I live in Georgia and the nurses here are not paid very well. I recently went back to school to get my BSN and never even received a merit increase! Good thing I went back to school for myself!

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    jakekim123

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    In North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia. The salary listings above are very accurate( if not a little high.)

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    chris08rn

    over 5 years ago

    12 comments

    Pittsburgh is starting GN's at a base of about 20.50

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    mameans

    over 5 years ago

    14 comments

    Carle Hospital in Champaign IL pays 22.50 for new grads

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    Mark3912

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    As a new grad nurse in Az, staff I would be making 25.00 with benefits, as it is I'm making 30 per diem.

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    windy_city_RN

    over 5 years ago

    10 comments

    I am not sure when these salary ranges were obtained but they do not seem to be at par with current nursing salaries. As an RN I started at $25.00 eight years ago in one of Chicago's northwest suburbs. CA pays much more than that.

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    dwhowe61

    over 5 years ago

    14 comments

    I am sorry but I have just recently applied for several jobs and the salary range on all of them was 35.00 to 45.00 per hour. This is for an RN in the state of Washington and California is even higher.
    I think your figures for nurse salaries are a bit low.

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    msprodigious

    over 5 years ago

    96 comments

    I don't think these hourly salary are for RN nurses maybe LPN or LVN. This is what I got paid doing Respiratory....my RN friends in California were making almost double what is presented here.....my Georgia RN friends made from $35-40 an hr.

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    lasernurse44

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    these seem low..........

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    smaier

    over 5 years ago

    34 comments

    Now ,If we can just find a job for my husband in Hawaii life would be perfect . It's a thought.

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    jessbarnes84

    over 5 years ago

    596 comments

    I agree with kistpehe on this Topic. For those of You who don't know do a search on cost of living vs pay on any City/State You'all want to search salary for.

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    kistpehe

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I have been a nurse in Detroit, MI; South Bend, IN; and currently Chicago, IL. The best pay of the three for the cost of living was South Bend, IN. The worst of the three is Chicago, IL for the cost of living. Rule of thumb for good pay with low cost of living...go to a place where it is not as popular to live such as IN. The more popular a place is the less you will get paid vs. the cost of living.

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    NurseMIke

    over 5 years ago

    24 comments

    I was going to say I'm a LPN and I make that much.

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    NurseMIke

    over 5 years ago

    24 comments

    I was going to say I'm a LPN and I make that much.

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    nurse_dee_2006

    over 5 years ago

    50 comments

    whitefang: You would do well to go anywhere else. You now have 5 continuous year of nursing experience. Apply anywhere else and interview. You will be amazed at the difference in your 'new' salary offers!

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