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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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    autumnfae23

    about 6 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

    about 6 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

    about 6 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

    about 6 years ago

    32 comments

    Maybe I WOULD like to live in California or Hawaii

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    juliern734

    about 6 years ago

    6614 comments

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

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    RNBSN

    about 6 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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    nurse44

    about 6 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

    about 6 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

    about 6 years ago

    12 comments

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

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    mameans

    about 6 years ago

    14 comments

    Carle Hospital in Champaign IL pays 22.50 for new grads

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    Mark3912

    about 6 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

    about 6 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

    about 6 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

    about 6 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

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

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

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